Two robberies took place in the neighborhood within an hour Monday night, an NYPD spokesperson told West Side Rag.
At 9:40 p.m., a 23-year-old woman was “riding northbound on a 3 train at West 72nd Street and Broadway,” when an unknown and unprovoked woman punched her with a closed fist in the face, snatching her cell phone, which she carried in a case with her license, the spokesperson said. (“It’s not a good idea to carry them together,” she added. “You lose everything.”) The perpetrator took off through the train. The victim refused medical attention.
The New York Post reported that after the incident, the young woman called her mom. “I was like, ‘Hey, I’m with the police, someone took my phone and kind of attacked me,’” the straphanger said. “She was like, ‘Oh, my God!’ She was freaked out, but my dad was calm. I was like, ‘Don’t make me move back home!’”
At 10:39 p.m., six blocks south on West End Avenue and West 66th Street, “a 20-year-old man was approached by a man on a scooter, who said, ‘I like your coat,'” the spokesperson explained. “The perp then displayed a silver gun in his waistband, and the victim willingly handed over his jacket and backpack.” The perp fled in an unknown direction.
The investigations are ongoing.