Police have arrested Joel McCray, 53, and charged him with choking and robbing a man in the Ramble on July 30 around 10 p.m. McCray was charged with one count of robbery and strangulation, according to the Manhattan DA’s office. His girlfriend was charged with possessing stolen property, according to the Daily News. “The victim identified McCray out of a photo array, and police learned his and his girlfriend’s names by running the image through its facial recognition database.”
A police source told the Daily News that police believe McCray may also be responsible for other robberies in the park over the past year. There have been 22 robberies in the park this year through August 16, versus 12 through the same period last year, according to NYPD.
McCray’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.