Teenage Subway Robbers Sought by Cops

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:07 PM EDT
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Teenage Subway Robbers Sought by Cops

Suspects wanted in string of subway robberies downtown starting in August.

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Police are searching for a group of teenagers they say have been robbing subway riders in Lower Manhattan since August.

The suspects have worked in groups of four to five, approaching other small groups of men and threatening them with box cutters and guns, said police.

In the latest incident, on Saturday, Oct. 1, the five suspects approached a group of three men on the southbound subway platform of the Broadway and Lafayette subway station, according to police. The robbers gestured as if they had a knife and threatened to cut the victims, then stole an amount of property from the victims before running away, said police.

The suspects are also accused of robbing a group of four men on a staircase inside the Broadway and East Houston Street subway station on Aug. 15. They showed box cutters and stole property from the victims before fleeing.

On Sept. 24, the group approached another group of three men while entering the Broadway and Lafayette station, showed a gun and again stole property.

No one was injured in the incidents.

Police say the suspects are about 17 to 20 years old, and all but one are male. One is a female with tattoos containing the word "Hated" with a picture of a rose and the word "Love."

Another is a male with an Eye of Horus tattoo on his neck and a spider web tattoo on his left arm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.

NYPD said last month subway crime was up nearly 17 percent over the same period last year, much of it attributed to grand larcenies.

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