Group of robbers armed with guns and knives wreak havoc on Central Park and UWS in two-week crime wave by stealing Citi Bikes, cash and cell phones at knifepoint
- New York City police are looking for a group of robbers who wreaked havoc in Manhattan’s Central Park and Upper West Side
- The group stole two Citi Bikes, $ 375 from a man, and cell phones from other victims
- In some cases, the suspects used violence or wielded weapons such as knives
- Authorities are asking the public to hold on to identifying the group of robbers
New York City police are looking for a group of robbers who have wreaked havoc in Manhattan’s Central Park.
According to the New York Daily Newsthe group has stolen Citi Bikes, cash and cell phones from victims in the Upper West Side and Central Park.
In some cases, the suspects used violence or wielded weapons such as knives.
While New York City has seen a resurgence in crime during the COVID-19 pandemic, this particular group appears to have ravaged Manhattan on March 13 when they attacked a 13-year-old boy and stole his LA Dodgers hat.
New York City police are looking for a group of robbers who have wreaked havoc in Manhattan’s Central Park
Police told Daily News that the suspects struck again four days later when they waved a knife at two men riding Citi Bikes in Central Park.
This particular incident occurred in broad daylight around 3:30 pm on March 17th. The victims were not injured during the ordeal, but the suspects stole the bicycles.
Last Tuesday, the robbers stole from two teenagers on Riverside Drive around 9 p.m.
The teens, aged 14 and 15, told police that the group fired a gun and stole the teen’s cell phones and sweatshirt.
About two hours later, they managed to enter a residential building on Riverside Drive and steal an electric scooter.
About an hour later, according to the Daily News, the thieves stole a 27-year-old man’s cell phone and wallet containing $ 375.
Authorities said gang of robbers stole at least two Citi Bikes (image in file)
Although he was not injured, the group threatened to stab him. This incident took place around Central Park West.
Authorities have released surveillance footage of the suspect in the hope that the public can help track them down.
Police are asking anyone with information about the robberies to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
New York City has seen a resurgence in crime and even more so against Asian Americans.
On Saturday, police said they were looking for a man wanted for shouting anti-Asian insults at a 44-year-old woman and her three children, spitting at her, and kicking her cellphone out of a subway.
Police call the incident a hate crime. Authorities described the suspect as a dark-skinned man who is between 50 and 55 years old, about six feet tall and about 150 kilograms.
He was last seen in a dark camouflage sweater, dark sweatpants and black sandals. Police said he was wearing a black sock on his left foot and a white sock on his right foot.
The woman rode south on a No. 5 train with her three children to Times Square at around 2:30 PM.
The attack was one of the latest in a national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes.
Also near Times Square last week, a 65-year-old Filipino American woman was cruelly assaulted while walking to church.
A parole who was convicted of murdering his mother nearly 20 years ago was charged with assault and attempted sexual assault as hate crimes.