A runner in Central Park. Photo by Cyndi Sue.
By Hannah Reale
A 45-year-old woman was robbed at 66th street and Central Drive around 5 a.m. Monday, police said.
According to the NYPD’s press office, she was on an early run when a man came up from behind her, put her in a choke hold, and threw her to the ground. He took her iPhone and she grabbed onto his shirt. He threatened to kill her, punched her in the face, wriggled out of his shirt, and ran off.
The robber was a black male in his late teens, approximately 5′ 5″ with short curly hair. He was last seen in shorts—and no shirt—running southbound along Central Drive.
When authorities arrived, the woman refused medical assistance.
A couple of years ago we wrote about the uneasiness some women feel when running alone in Central Park.