Stuy Town On Alert For Ice Pick Attacker

NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880) — Police were in front of Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town Friday, handing out pamphlets and warning residents about several robberies in the area even as they stepped up their search for a suspect who apparently had no qualms against striking in broad daylight.


WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

The man dubbed the “Ice Pick Attacker” was captured on surveillance video, wearing a green jacket, sunglasses, hat, and seen hovering in front of an elevator, his location of choice to rob his female victims.

“Oh my goodness. That’s incredible,” said Gloria Clarke, who works in the neighborhood. “It’s scary because I used to let people in, more people who used to live in the building. No more. That’s it.”

Police said over the last three weeks, he’s robbed a total of six women in elevators, three in Co-op City in the Bronx and four in Stuy Town and nearby Peter Cooper Village.

The pattern is the same. In every case the suspect has followed a middle or older-aged woman inside an elevator and brandishes an ice pick or a knife as weapon before stealing their jewelry, shopping bags, cell phones, and cash.

The suspect was growing bolder. Both of Thursday’s attacks occurred within seven minutes of each other. And there were no fewer than three surveillance cameras in the lobby, including one right in the elevator.

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

“He’s clearly undeterred by the light of day, the presence of kids, or even his own image sitting right in front him, right before he commits an attack,” said Councilman Dan Garodnick, (D-Manhattan).

Investigators said the suspect was about 6-feet-tall and 250-pounds with a close-cut beard.

“It’s a horrible feeling to be stuck in the elevator with a robber,” said Vivian Lynch, Stuyvesant Town resident. She wasn’t speculating. Years ago, she said she too was robbed in an elevator. “Even though your life is spared and you’re not harmed, the distress lasted me a very long time.”

More from Sean Adams
Comments

One Comment

  1. HUGO says:

    If you live in stuy town carry a machete until this freak is apprehended.

  2. Winston says:

    It seems that the blacks commit the neighborhood crimes while the whites commit the white white collar crimes. Does anyone agree?

  3. jack says:

    Now the Manhattan lib crowd is complaining because crime is coming to them now? You mean they don’t feel sorry that the robber is a victim of society? If the police shoot and kill this guy, the robbery victims will be the first to condemn the police. “Well, they didn’t have to shoot him that many times!!!”

  4. Rascal says:

    EAB-that’s Mayor Bloomberg fudging crime stats again

  5. Concerned Resident says:

    The one security guard left after the “we have to at least try to pay the mortgage” cut backs will have his hands full

  6. EAB says:

    “Police said over the last three weeks he’s robbed a total of six women in elevators, three in Co-op City in the Bronx and four in Stuy Town and nearby Peter Cooper Village.”

    Doesn’t 3 + 4 = 7, not 6?

  7. otto says:

    We need a law that bans Ice Picks !!!! That would certainly put a stop to this type of behavior.

    1. HACKETT says:

      NO THAT’S NOT THE RESOLUTION..WHEN A CRIMINAL USES HIS HANDS WITH WEAPON AS INTIMIDATOR. TO INFLICT BODILY HARM .HIS HANDS SHALL BE CUT OFF..THAT WOULD PREVENT FUTURE INFLICTION UPON INNOCENT VICTIMS..YOU GET THE PICTURE..??

  8. NYCWOLF says:

    The entire city is getting bad. We need more cops walking the beat. They just ride around in cars drinking coffee. Get them back to walking up and down the streets, then we can clean up the city.

  9. Diane says:

    This is a loser who is too lazy to get a job>

  10. Pick with me !! says:

    Just leave it to the losers to pick on vulnerable, unexpecting women. He’s a coward. Ship him in a box to Afghanistan, then he can release all his anger.
    Moron !

    1. The GRINCH says:

      I Agree with PICK WIth me!

Comments are closed.

More From CBS New York

BUY TICKETS NOW
Get Our Morning Briefs

Listen Live