NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is trying to find two female criminals who allegedly abducted a woman at knifepoint, then robbed her.
Last Saturday morning, the 61-year-old victim was approached by two women asking for directions around 10 a.m. near P.O. Serrano Playground.
The suspects allegedly forced the woman into a red Dodge Caravan at knifepoint and drove her to Ponce Bank about five minutes away on Westchester Avenue.
As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reports, one of them allegedly said “take the money out or you know what is going to happen.”
“I’m just shocked that it happened here and that women have done this. It’s ridiculous,” one person said.
“I would’ve tried to fight back, to be honest,” Bronx resident Danny Roopa said.
Police said the suspects used her PIN to check her balance, and then withdrew $900.
They then let the victim go without any injuries.
CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke with the bank’s CEO, who found the scheme very strange.
“We were kind of shocked that that would happen in today’s environment, and we obviously would help the police as much as we can,” Carlos Naudon said.
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Naudon said the bank is constantly updating its security procedures, but in this case, the suspect didn’t give off any red flags.
“When a customer comes in and uses the ATM, we have no way of knowing whether they were forced to do that or their own free will,” he said.
The surveillance video clearly shows the face of one of the suspects, so police are hoping someone will recognize them.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
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