NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A warning has gone out to parents in Brooklyn after two teen boys were robbed at gunpoint.
As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, a warning sign hangs in the window of the Pavilion movie theater off Prospect Park West alerting Park Slope residents of a robbery in the neighborhood.
“A lot of us are sticking together, staying on the main streets in the lights and everything, avoiding the park at night,” said 18-year-old David.
David didn’t want to show his face on camera out of fear after his friend, who is 16, was robbed at gunpoint along with another teen last Thursday around 8 p.m.
The boys told police the men were wearing masks and held something pointy up to their backs.
“A few of my friends were in the park and apparently they had a BB gun or something, and they held him up; took all their phones, their money — everything they had,” David said.
“There are a lot of kids on this street, so for us it’s definitely a worry,” said Carolina Carvalho-Cross.
The mother of two said she wished police would have more of a presence in the neighborhood; and other parents agree.
“Makes me concerned. I didn’t know anything about it,” said one parent.
“Feels more threatening when it’s darker,” said parent Mika Kleban.
“If something happens on my block, I rally the troops to try and protect ourselves,” said 14th Street Block President Mark Grashow.
Grashow posted information about the muggings in local businesses.
“This is about the third incident that’s happened within about a five-block radius,” Grashow said.
Back in December, an 11-year-old boy also had his iPhone stolen by two men. That happened near 5th Avenue and Sterling Place. Police said the men put the boy in a choke hold until he gave them his password.
Parents are set to meet at a local school Wednesday night to discuss the recent crimes.