Police Step Up Patrols After Armed Robbers Target Metro-North Riders Walking Home

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police are on alert around train stations in the Westchester County.

After getting off their trains, Metro-North riders are being attacked in neighborhoods while walking home.

The latest robbery happened on a street in Mamaroneck, where a 59-year-old man was victimized.

Around corners, on dark streets, just as Westchester commuters are getting off trains, armed robbers are targeting unsuspecting victims and attacking them from behind.

“Makes me want to walk home a little quicker,” New Rochelle resident Justin Halle told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

In New Rochelle, more than a dozen attacks have been reported since the new year. One at them happened in the back of a Chase Bank, where a teen was beaten and robbed.

Another attack occurred Thursday night in nearby Harrison. A man had to be treated in an ambulance after being held up at gunpoint and assaulted. Again, it happened just blocks from the train.

“I think it has something to do with the economy. It  seems like there’s a rash of robberies — the likes of which we haven’t seen in Westchester,” said Jack Plunkett of Mamroneck.

Police are stepping patrols in Mamaroneck and increasing their presence while trying to connect the string of attacks.

“His method of operation…telling his victims to get down on the ground, face down on the ground and threatening them with a weapon,” New Rochelle Police Capt. Joseph Schaller said.

Schaller said the more serious incidents appear to be by the same attacker — in a black ski mask, dressed in black, armed with a handgun. Robberies are up 100 percent in New Rochelle from this time last year.

“We, at this point, kind of attribute it to the weather. Last year we were in the middle of several blizzards and snowstorms,” Schaller said.

Adding to the relatively mild weather now, neighbors say the lack of neighborhood street lights in the area make the walk home from the train, a risky one at night.

Commuters are being urged to walk in groups, and in well-lit areas.

Have these attacks made you take additional precautions?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • Robert Moses

    The ONLY solution is to ban public transportation. Besides, everybody knows that REAL Americans drive everywhere.

    • Real American

      I can’t even begin to describe how stupid that statement was, Robert. Not only do you somehow generalize the entire American population, but you also manage to broadcast your complete disregard for other people. There are hundreds of people, myself included, that actually depend on public transportation to get to where we need to be. These are “Real Americans”, by the way. After reading the above article, I can tell you that “banning public transportation” because of some punk who thinks a gun entitles him to take what doesn’t belong to him is not the solution. The solution is clearly enforcing the law.

      • Moses Robert

        He is making a joke. Robert Moses was the powerful urban planner/bureaucrat responsible for many expressways and the like in NYC metro area. Moses was very pro-private automobile and was considered indifferent to, if not completely against, the idea of public transportation. His influence spanned from the 1920’s until the 1960’s. Two projects that he wanted to failed to push through near the end of his tenure were major expressways crossing Manhattan from Jersey and through to Bklyn/Queens/LI. One was slated for Lower Manhattan and the other for Midtown.

  • cMPK

    Grew up in New Rochelle and can say the police there are a joke. Lots of racial profiling and they are usually unmotivated to protect the community at large. Capt. Schaller’s comments about the weather is just a deflection of having to do work. In other words “let’s wait until next quarter to really see if we need to take this more seriously because we already blew our budget paying our staff overtime while they go hang out at Sue’s Rendezvous.”

  • KPMc

    Thanks for the in-depth description of the suspect. I will be sure to be on the lookout for someone of indeterminate height. weight and race. That should narrow things down.

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