Two police detectives were also injured, suffering lacerations to the head.
Police have arrested and charged a suspect believed to be responsible for a string of robberies in the East Village and Midtown.
Another incident has been linked to a serial robbery suspect on the East Side of Manhattan – this one in Midtown East.
Police were on the hunt Tuesday for a serial robber who allegedly held up six East Village and Gramercy Park businesses – one of them twice.
Nicholas Figueroa was on a lunch date when he was killed in an explosion and fire on 2nd Avenue in March. The blast claimed two lives.
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There was a bright spot this week during the search in the debris and evacuated apartments of the East Village explosion.
At least seven cats and one dog were still missing Tuesday, five days after the explosion that leveled three buildings in the East Village.
Tenants in an East Village building that exploded may have been told not to tell Consolidated Edison inspectors they had gas service.
The search was under way Saturday for two missing people in the ruins of the explosion that leveled three buildings in the East Village earlier this week.
The American Red Cross of Greater New York continued to offer a hand Saturday for those who were left homeless by the East Village explosion earlier this week.
Twenty-two people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Six members of the FDNY were hurt in the operation.
An off-duty firefighter near the explosion in the East Village Thursday sprang into action, climbing into the smoking building as others were climbing out.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said the evidence pointed to a gas explosion in the blast that destroyed several buildings in the East Village – even though there were no reports of odors or leaks.
Some passersby who were in the East Village at the time of the devastating explosion and fire Thursday afternoon said they were lucky to be alive – and one woman even said her shirt caught fire.