Police Looking For Suspects Wanted For Subway Robberies

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police released photos and are trying to track down two suspects they say are responsible for a series of robberies in the subway station at 53rd Street and 7th Avenue.

The robberies started on October 24, and happened on four different occasions, all during the evening rush hour, with the robbers targeting women.

The first incident occurred on the uptown B platform. The following three robberies happened on southbound E trains. Three times the victims had their cell phones stolen, once, an iPod touch.

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No injuries from the robberies were reported.

CBS 2’s Mark Morgan spoke with several women who use this station, and after showing them pictures of the suspects, they said they were shaken by the brazen thieves, who strike in full view of hundreds of other commuters.

“Well, I was actually tempted to not go to the subway station today. It was on my mind,” said Stacy Freidman of Astoria.

“I’m very disgusted and terrified. It’s heartbreaking,” said Melody Scott of Key Gardens.

In three of the four robberies, the men waited until the train pulled in to the station, and when the doors opened, they reached inside, grabbed what they could, and ran.

“Well it makes me a little nervous because I didn’t know that was happening. So I guess just a little uneasy,” said Jessica Villani of Bushwick.

Knowing they are the targets of these thieves, women told Morgan how they plan to guard their valuables on the subway.

“I think just not having your cell phone or iPods out in your hands, keeping them in your bags or in your pockets, I also carry a bag where all of my valuables are on the inside and they’re up against my body,” said Michelle Velasquez of Chelsea.

“You can be sandwiched in between hundreds of other people. You probably don’t realize it’s happening until it’s too late, because you’re getting jostled around,” said straphanger Leah Blesoff.

If you have any information, call police or Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Are you concerned about safety in the subway? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Animal Trainer

    I didn’t know you could recharge those devices in DA JUNGLE.

  • Peter Jackson

    Let me guess. Tyrome and Derrick? Jamal and Jarome? King Kong and Mighty Joe Young. That’s it!!!

  • Tony Soprano

    Two male blacks?! Say it ain’t so!!!! Well that’s something you don’t see everyday in New York. How do they have time with all the rapes and beating up of immigrants?

  • Surfin Bird

    typical actions by these type of people

  • truth
    • Crime Watch

      If people were smart they would look at your post here. Thanks for the info.

  • truth

    just offer crack as a reward for turning them in, trust me their mothers will turn them in

  • truth

    always be wary of blacks, its the safest way to be safe, when they are around always protect yourself and valuables.

  • bullett

    Just a couple of up & coming entrepreneurs.

  • mike

    This is news?

  • The Realist

    The answer to subway crime is easy… SHUT DOWN THE SUBWAYS. Besides, everybody knows that real New Yorkers drive everywhere.

  • Lincohn

    More Like Rise of the Apes.

  • Moon Them

    That’s it! Ship him off to SPACE CAMP in the Summer….EVERY SUMMER! Set up an arrangement with The Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and use the money that would normally go to prison, to re-habilitate them into Construction Astronauts. It’s obvious that the specter of spending time with Bubba is no longer a deterrent.

    • Kirk

      They would just show up late to Space Camp and rape and Astronaut. Wutz? I can’t rape @sstronuts. Why call em @ss or nutts? OH LORDY LORD!!!

  • Kevin

    Who would have thought, what a surprise !

  • ovadyah

    We legally carry Glocks in Washington State and Oregon. Try it here and you will pay the price.

    • Crime Watch

      They carry Glocks in New York too only if your name is TYROME, DERRICK, JAMAL, any ghetto name and have more than one crack head baby that doesn’t know who is father is.

  • Kevin

    Oh my….Really? No way!!!!

  • ralph

    It’s a trait inheritd from their parents, like father like sons.

    • Brit

      LOL! Hilarious! But very true, sadly.

    • Kirk

      Yup. Monkey see monkey do.


    It most likely happened because these victims had their cell phones and ipods in their hands.

    • iggy

      or it most likely happened because the criminals were under-privileged youths

      • Ellen

        Iggy, being under-privileged still is no excuse for stealing, and that goes for politicians as well who are more then often the biggest rip offs in American society.

        • iggy

          wow, politics into a subway theft. get a life.

          • Allen

            Ok iggy turn in that stolen ipod and cell.

      • carol

        I’m sick of people making excuses for criminals – there’s lots of under-priviledged people out there – alot of them struggle to get somewhere in their life through hard work and effort – maybe these idiots should be sent to somalia [ now that’s what you can call under- priviledged ].

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