NYPD: Robbery Suspect Targeting Teenage Subway Riders

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is trying to stop an armed man who they say is targeting teenage subway riders throughout the city.

Investigators said the man was responsible for at least seven robberies in upper and lower Manhattan since February.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa with the details

According to detectives, he follows his victims from the train onto the platform or street and then strikes up conversation before displaying a gun or a knife.

The suspect then steals their iPods and cell phones before fleeing.

The latest incident happened around 2:30 p.m. last Wednesday at Broadway and East Houston Streets. Police said the suspect showed the 16-year-old victim a gun handle and then ran off with the teen’s cell phone.

None of the victims, who range in age from 15 to 18, were hurt.

The suspect is believed to be in his late teens or early twenties. He is about 5’5″ tall and weighs between 130 and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, red hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted to the Crime stoppers website or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Is there enough of a police presence by subways? Leave a comment below…

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  • NotoriousOne~

    It’s incredible the level of racism and ignorance that exhibited on this post. And we wonder why this country is in the situation it’s in.

  • Jose Maricone

    OK, Afro-American
    If this can jump and play basketball
    He would not be jacking – younglings for
    Ipods and Cell phones…

  • Jim Calhoun

    Isn’t that the point gaurd from VCU?

  • G Hawkins

    These creeps usually attack women, chilldren and students because they are easy targets and cannot defend themselves. Let’s catch this creep and lock him up, should be easy given the clear photos. I do agree that the police presence in the subway is at an all time low unless El Presidente is in town.

  • El Palo Gordo

    i dont care what people say…i still think he needs a good a$$ beat down, and then let him go because i’ll be darn if my tax doillars are paying for his good night sleep at the bookings…..or the precint.

  • latinoking110

    your mother is the real ape.

  • Bad Joe Jones

    I thought your mother was the dumb ape.

  • 666

    No way! This is such a surprise, he’s black?! I can’t believe a black guy would ever do something like this.

    I wish we had corporal punishment here in the U.S. just like in Singapore, I can guarantee you crime would drop.

  • reggie donna


    • Wall Street

      We learn from the best

    • Bad Joe Jones

      OMG! You are too!

  • Peter

    I think with all the electronics he has stolen he should be electrocuted while he listens to his stolen IPOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gio

    Take that kid to Coeur D Alene Idaho, I know some people who will make him understand how it is,,, and best of all with no taxpayers money.

  • Mark

    from article: “and then strikes up conversation before displaying a gun or a knife.”

    Once again, the general public is defenseless, while the criminals have the firearms. Nice work liberals. Your good intentions will possibly get ppl killed. Thanks.

  • M

    No, there’s no police presence on the subways.

    And those blue emergency buttons they just installed in 2 stations, how ridiculous is that. Putting 1 every 150 ft! One or possibly 2 is all they need. Put the others in other stations.

    But it doesn’t really matter the MTA is not responsible for the safety of their passengers.

  • RichieT

    Why is targeting bicycle riders in Central Park and giving them speeding tickets, more important then having cops in the subway trains and platforms? It shouldn’t be, but it is.

    • Ding

      The city makes money giving out tickets, but loses money when they catches some one and actually having to put them behind bars (feeding and watching them).

  • RichieT

    Things like this are bad enough, what’s going to start happening when the idiots that run the city, start cutting cops to save money. You’d think that when they were growing up, somebody would have taught them the right way to manage a checking account.

  • nyc

    Where’s his New York Yankees cap ? Must have fallen off. All of these criminals are always wearing a New York Yankees hat !

  • VinnyConqueror

    Let’s be realistic, we would all rather have police force on the trains , Rather thatn have a stupid countdown clock or those black train alert sign s that Never work, and cost us millions of dollars.We can afford police, and we DONT need stupid countdown clocks and we can afford to lose the dollar bills and get used to carrying more coins and saving us billions of dollars. its that simple Mayor Bloomburg and MTA bosses, Stop trying to be COOL,and protect OUR city.

  • harlem going h.a.m.

    Most criminals that we’re exposed to via the news are black, and hispanic.However, dont assume cause it wasn’t reported that it didn’t happen.

  • harlem going h.a.m.

    He looks like he should have his behind in school. I feel sorry for his parents that have to deal with his b.s. He needs to be taught a lesson.

  • HappyNyer

    Then its your mother

  • El Palo Gordo

    he needs a good beat down before/after they take his a$$ to the precint..

  • DJB

    I also never see a cop on the train or subway anymore. In the 70’s cops were visible, especially on the subway.. and they were cops.. tall in presence.. not like these half pints that are on the force now. I agree with Cos… Criminals are in all color, shapes and sizes… You wanna find a cop, check Duncan Dumbnuts..

    • RichieT

      I have no idea where you live, or what times you ride the subway, I see them a lot more then I used to.

  • nyc

    There should be more police in the subways. I almost never see any cops on the subway.There was a time, it seems that there was . Must be cutacks !

  • Cos

    Oh, and ‘non-chimps’ don’t steal your money in broad daylight also…? I beg to differ… Criminals are criminals – no matter what analogy you care to use.

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