What to Know
- Five women stole a bag from a man as he fought in a club owned by Jay-Z early Sunday morning
- The bag contained $155,000 in cash and jewelry
- One of the women may be a nurse from Boston, according to sources
A group of five women stole $155,000 in cash and jewelry from a professional boxer as he was fighting someone at a Manhattan club owned by hip-hop artist Jay-Z, police said.
The NYPD released surveillance video of the five women hours after they allegedly slipped off with the cash and jewels from the 40/40 Club on West 25th Street early Sunday morning.
The valuables belonged to 27-year-old Jermall Charlo, who got into a fight at the club around 3 a.m. The quarrel started as a war of words but escalated into a full-on brawl, police said.
While the man was in the fray, police say the women stole the bag -- which was loaded with $40,000 in cash and jewelry worth $115,000 -- off a chair.
The NYPD believes the fight wasn’t related to the robbery and that the women took advantage of the altercation to steal the bag.
One of the suspects, a blonde woman, told someone in the victim’s entourage that she was a nurse from Boston, police sources told NBC 4. That woman was later seen getting into a car with Massachusetts plates, according to the sources.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the 40/40 Club said the venue was cooperating with police but disagreed with the NYPD's telling of events.
The spokesperson said video shows that the woman seen leaving with the bag was actually in the man's group and that she was handed the bag by someone who knew the host of the party. The NYPD said it's investigating that claim.