By Jessica Brockington
Police are investigating two separate gunpoint muggings last week, 20 blocks and 24 hours apart. Captain Marlon Larin of the 24th precinct says investigators believe the two may be related.
In both instances young men in their 20’s were robbed of their iPhone 6’s just after midnight. The first was at Broadway and 100th Street on October 16. A 23-year-old man heard someone shouting “That’s my phone not yours!” A black man in his 20’s displayed a black handgun, grabbed the victim’s phone, and ran north and east on Broadway.
The next night, at 233 West 80th Street, a 21 year old man was accosted by two black men in their 20’s who showed him a black revolver and told him to give them his phone and money. The men then ran eastbound on 80th Street.
Police had no further information to release at this time.
Although major crime is down in both the 20th and 24th precinct this year, robberies are up in both (10% in the 20th and 8% in the 24th).
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips anonymously by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting 274637(CRIMES), then entering TIP577.