A 5-feet-4-inch man has been robbing people at gunpoint in elevators in the Greenwich Village and nearby neighborhoods, police say.
The first armed mugging linked to the suspect was on Sunday. Dec. 13, when he allegedly approached two men, ages 29 and 30, inside an apartment building lobby in the area of Waverly Place and Christopher Street, according to police. He got away with $400.
Since then, the robber has been linked to four additional robberies in the area, police say:
- 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30 in front of 181 Thompson, in which he got away with a 31-year-old man's cellphone, watch and $300
- 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 in the East Village, in which he followed a 27-year-old man into an apartment building elevator and got away with $150
- 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 381 E. 10th St., in which he followed a 28-year-old man into an apartment building, showed a knife and demanded his messenger bag; the victim refused and the suspect ran away empty-handed
- 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Greenwich Village, in which he followed a 24-year-old woman into an apartment building elevator and fled with her headphones and $50
The suspect is described as being about 5 feet 4 inches, 160 pounds and about 40 years old.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.