NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Friday apprehended a suspect in six robberies and a seventh robbery attempt in Central Park and Midtown.
Cecil Richardson, 55, whose address police listed as the 30th Street Men’s Shelter in Kips Bay, was arrested after he allegedly tried to rob a man in front of the Hollister Store at 668 Fifth Ave., near 53rd Street, police said.
The suspect aggressively approached the victim, blocked his path, and demanded money, police said. The officers came up to the suspect to intervene, but the suspect began walking fast down 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue. He hopped into a yellow cab at 50th Street, police said.
Knowing that traffic would be heavy on 50th Street, police chased the yellow cab on foot and caught up to it when it got stuck in traffic near Rockefeller Plaza, police said. The officers ordered the suspect to get out of the cab and arrested him, police said.