By Juliet Papa

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.

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