Photo by Howard Brier.
A string of robberies by teenagers on bicycles have police on alert, according to NYPD and a recent media report.
Four teenagers cornered and beat up a man in the park just South of 125th Street on August 15, according to CBS.
“This older guy had a knife,” the man said. “They approached me and started beating me; punching me in the face.”
The man said he was punched six or seven times suffering a black eye. But then strangers intervened.
“Fortunately for me, two other cyclists showed up – like a man and a woman — and my understanding, these two people scared them away,” the man said.
There have been seven similar attacks since the end of July, police told CBS. Police say they have ramped up patrols in the park.
The 24th precinct raised an alert on twitter about the crimes.
— NYPD 24th Precinct (@NYPD24Pct) August 16, 2016
We have reached out to Councilman Mark Levine and the commander of the 24th precinct to get more information about what and where the crimes have occurred, and any descriptions of the attackers.