NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Thursday were asking the public to help find a suspect who allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint in the Bronx earlier this month, and went on to force the man to deposit forged checks into his own bank account and cash them.
Around 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, the suspect came up to the 30-year-old man in front of 261 E. 188th St. in the Bronx. Armed with a gun, the suspect demanded the victim’s money, debit card, and personal information, police said.
The victim complied and the suspect left, police said.
But the following day, the suspect contacted the victim and demanded to see him. In fear for his life, the victim met with the suspect and they drove together to an unspecified location in New Jersey, police said.
Upon arriving in New Jersey, the suspect had the victim deposit forged checks into his own bank account, police said. Afterward, the suspect withdrew the money from the forged checks from a different bank, police said.
The suspect then released the victim unharmed and has not been seen since, police said.
The suspect was described as a black male standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds.
Police have released a photo of the suspect in hopes of identifying him.
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 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.
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