A man and a woman assaulted and robbed a park-goer inside Central Park Wednesday night, putting the victim in a chokehold as they took her purse and then ran away, police say.
The 24-year-old victim, Lisa Karanz, told NBC 4 New York she was taking her normal route home along the northernmost path of the park after getting off the subway at 110th Street near Lenox Avenue just before midnight.
"I was grabbed, put in a chokehold, brought to my knees, brought to the ground," she said.
The man and woman took off with Karanz's handbag. Police released grainy surveillance video of the suspects Thursday. Karanz said police told her the man and the woman had been following her along the well-lit path before ambushing her.
The purse was found along a subway platform later in the night, with everything intact, but the traumatic event has left Karanz shaken, and she said it's difficult to feel safe.
"It's nerve-wracking to be here," she said at the park Thursday night. "Today I was walking in broad daylight and constantly looking over my shoulder."
Karanz said it was a difficult lesson for her.
"Don't let your guard down for a second because when you do, you never know what can happen in a city like this," she said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.