NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for a suspect who they say has attacked and robbed four men this month, three of them elderly, by choking them from behind before stealing their wallets or cash.
The first robbery happened on August 13 around 7:30 a.m. on Broadway and West 28th Street.
Police say suspect walked up to an elderly man from behind as he was walking into the N train subway entrance and choked him. The suspect stole the man’s wallet and then took off on foot.
Police say the attack caused the victim to have a stroke.
The second robbery happened on a few days later on August 16 around 3:45 p.m. at Urban Living on Broadway.
Police say as an old man got on to an elevator, the suspect grabbed him from behind and choked him. The suspect took off with the man’s cell phone and some cash.
Then on August 18 around 2:15 p.m. in the same area as the first robbery on Broadway and West 28th Street, police say he walked up to another man getting on the subway and choked him from behind before stealing his cash.
The fourth robbery was on August 21 just after 10 a.m. at 8th Avenue and West 23rd Street. Police say again, the suspect came up behind an elderly man as he walked into the subway, but this time, hit the man with a blunt object.
Police say he then choked the man and took money and his wallet. The victim’s trachea was injured from the attack.
Police say the suspect is a black man in his mid 30s, 5’5″-6’0″ weighing about 220 pounds. He is bald with a stocky build and was wearing a white t-shirt.
Anyone with information should call police or Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or go to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.