NYPD Seeks Help in Solving Chokehold Robbery in Central Park

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man and a woman suspected of choking and robbing a woman Wednesday in Central Park.

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.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspects on Saturday. Anyone with information about the pair are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. 

The suspects 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. 

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