NYPD: ‘Ice Pick Bandit’ Claims 2 More Victims

1-Man Crime Spree Strikes Twice In Stuyvesant Town

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — A mugger who has been attacking victims in city elevators with an ice pick has apparently struck again in Stuyvesant Town.

Despite warning flyers, with a suspect photo posted all over the neighborhood, the NYPD said Thursday it strongly believes the man just struck again, not once but twice, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

This crime spree has been dubbed the “ice pick bandit,’ because he often has that as a weapon or a knife.

If indeed these crimes were committed by the same man, they would bring his total to six, with three in Co-Op city, one in Peter Cooper Village and now two more on Thursday. Police said the attacks happened in two elevators, within minutes of each other, in Stuyvesant Town. In every case the victim has been woman inside an elevator. The armed man steals jewelry, bags, cell phones and cash.

Neighbors said this man is getting in way too easily.

“Because we have no doormen and because for reasons unknown to me the doors are open so you can just walk in the building. I mean, they are just propped open,” resident Martha Geissinger said.

The suspect is believed to be in his 40s, about 6-foot and 250 pounds, with a close-cut beard. He was last seen wearing a green jacket.

Police reiterated that an already brazen criminal is getting even more so, as evidenced by the two attacks on Thursday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

  • Mallory

    Peter Cooper/StuyTown is a mess and we tenants have little we can do about it while Mayor Bloomberg and real estate and financial crooks continue to try to turn our homes into expensive transient apartments for rich or temporary New Yorkers. There is virtually no security in all the buildings despite continued conversion to doorman building rental prices so turnover is constant. A recipe for disaster.

  • Lisa

    Why is everyone surprised that this guy was able to do this? Probably the majority of the people in Manhattan these days recently arrived here from the midwest, west coast, etc. They are not native New Yorkers and thus, they walk around like naive little children with their heads up their ashes. I often think of how lucky they are that Giuliani did such a good job turning NYC around in the 1990’s. Most of the people I see in Manhattan and Brooklyn (esp. Williamsburg!) these days would NOT have survived the NYC that I grew up in ;)

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  • rascal

    He’s probably at KFC, NYPD,check the local chicken joints!!!

  • rascal

    He’s Canadian. Ha ha

  • bevbux

    He is also BLACK, and it is racist sand disgusting to fail to say so in your so-called ‘description’ of the animal.

    Thanks for shielding him from justice and exposing more of us to his rampage.

  • Jason Sharke

    Innocent New Yorkers should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in order to defend their lives from sub-human monkey savages like this. It is disgusting that we have so many simian apes walking around the city and yet we aren’t allowed to protect ourselves. This is an abrogation of the most basic human right. This monkey should have had its jungle head blown off a long time ago.

  • LOL over this

    Bang Bang. Center mass. Somebody call sanitation. Live well. Live long. Live legally armed.

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