Robber Struck Men As They Were Entering Their Buildings, Police Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Tuesday were asking for help from the public in finding a suspect who allegedly robbed three people at knifepoint in East Harlem.

In each incident, the suspect followed the victim into a building vestibule, flashed a knife, and demanded money, police said. No injuries were reported.

The first incident happened on Tuesday, Oct. 1, around 9 p.m. The victim, a 25-year-old man, walked into his building near 109th Street and First Avenue when the suspect robbed him for his Galaxy cell phone and $170, police said.

The following day around 10:50 p.m., a 24-year-old man was robbed while walking into his building near 102nd Street and First Avenue, police said. The suspect took $80 and a cellphone, according to police.

On Saturday, Oct. 5 around 7:30 p.m., the suspect robbed a 45-year-old man who was entering his building near 106th Street and Third Avenue. The robber took $230 from the victim’s wallet, police said.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male around 25 years old.

Police have released a surveillance video of the suspect from the third incident.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMWS) and enter TIP577.

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