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Video Emerges of Man Who Allegedly Threatened to Splash Women With Acid During Robbery

Authorities say the same man is linked to two robberies at the Citibank on First Avenue

What to Know

  • A suspect robbed two women at the same Manhattan bank and he said he would throw acid at them if they refused to give him cash, police say
  • The two different robberies happened at the Citibank on First Avenue on the Upper East Side, according to the NYPD
  • The suspect got away with $500 in the first robbery and $1,000 in the second robbery, cops say

Police on Tuesday night released surveillance footage of a man who threatened to splash women with what he said was acid in at least two different robberies at the same Manhattan bank, cops say. 

The two robberies happened at the Citibank on First Avenue and E. 68th Street on the Upper East Side, according to the NYPD.

The man, who waved a bottle with some sort of liquid in it, followed a woman into the bank on Monday just before 4 p.m., and surprised her from behind as she was taking cash out from an ATM, authorities said. The suspect said the bottle had acid in it and he would throw it at her if she refused to hand over her money, police said.

A woman taking money out of a bank in Manhattan on Monday says a man demanded $1,000 from her and threatened to splash her with acid if she didn’t comply, cops say. Lori Bordonaro reports.

The victim withdrew $500 and gave it to the robber, and then he ran away, officials said.

Police said Tuesday night that a previous robbery at the same bank on May 12 is linked to the same suspect.

On that day, the man followed another woman into the ATM vestibule and threatened her by saying he’d throw acid in her face if she didn’t hand over cash, authorities said. 

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The robber got away with $1,000, police said. He then ran away. 

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