NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Tuesday were asking for help from the public in finding a man who impersonated a police officer as he robbed another man near Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.

At around 8 p.m. on Jan. 13, the suspect approached a man, flashed a shield of some kind, and claimed to be a police officer, police said. The suspect then asked his victim to show identification and hand over his cell phone, and the victim complied.

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The suspect then instructed the victim to enter the subway station and swipe his MetroCard. An entrance to the 34th Street A, C and E train stop is located at the site.

The suspect then fled the subway station.

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The robber is described as a black male in his 20s, standing about 5-foot-7 and weighing about 200 pounds, with black jeans, black bubble coat and a black wool hat.

Police have released a surveillance video of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, submit tips to the Crime Stoppers Web site, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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