NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A gunpoint robbery was caught on camera inside a nail salon Wednesday in Harlem.
Surveillance video shows a man pointing a gun at women inside the salon.
It happened in broad daylight around 12:50 p.m. at Cinderella Beauty and Nail Salon on West 125th Street.
“You’re there just to chill and it’s laid back, and all of a sudden, the situation goes from zero to 100 instantly,” Queens resident Larisa Karr told CBS2. “If I were the workers, honestly, I would be in such a state of fright, I would freeze up. I can’t imagine what they were going through.”
Caught On Camera: Gunpoint Robbery Inside Harlem Nail Salon
Police said three victims handed over $37, and the man took off.
Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Rahman Rahman manages Portabella menswear next door. After seeing the video, he called his boss and they added an extra security guard inside the store.
“It could happen to me,” he said. “I feel a little scared now. That’s not cool.”
The latest crime statistics from the NYPD show a 37% increase in robberies citywide so far this year.
That’s why Keisha Parsley and Dee Cadore say they go everywhere in pairs.
“It’s happening every day so often in New York that you become numb to the situation,” said Parsley. “A woman doesn’t feel safe even to walk into a train station. You don’t feel safe pulling out your MetroCard, you don’t feel safe getting money out of an ATM.”
“New York isn’t New York anymore, that I grew up in,” Cadore added. “I don’t feel safe.”
Police said they’re searching for a man approximately 55 to 60 years old, with a dark complexion, heavy build and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was seen wearing a hooded black winter jacket, dark colored pants, brown boots and ski mask.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting 274637.