Two women and a man were robbed in Central Park Monday night in two separate incidents.
In the first incident, a 33-year-old man was walking near West Drive and 97th street around 11:15 p.m. when four men — believed to be teenagers — approached him. One had a handgun. They took his backpack, according to police.
About 20 or 30 minutes later, another robbery occurred near the Reservoir, according to A Walk in the Park.
The victims, a Manhattan resident age 45, and a friend visiting from out-of-town, 26, were walking northbound on the jogging path near W. 90st Street at around 11:45pm when they were approached by four black males who began talking to them.
Moments later two of the assailants pulled out handguns and demanded their purses.The suspects grabbed the purses and fled southbound along the jogging path.
An undercover officer saw two men emptying out a handbag later, but was unable to catch them. “Police said they later found a BB gun wrapped in grey duct tape, along with wallets and credit cards belonging to the women,” according to CBS.
After a spike in robberies this spring, the NYPD had increased the number of uniformed officers in the park. The robberies had slowed after an August arrest. There hadn’t been any robberies in the park in November, versus three the year before.