By Carol Tannenhauser
A suspect in a seven-crime armed-robbery spree, targeting food vendors and restaurants mainly on the UWS, was arrested Friday, April 20, according to a police spokesperson.
On April 16, Ryan Little, 37, from Harlem, allegedly robbed a taco truck in front of 2030 Broadway (70th Street), police reported. He walked up, ordered food, displayed a handgun and demanded money and a phone from a 19-year-old woman, taking $500 and her cellphone.
“When he left he stated he would return in five minutes and if the victim leaves the truck he will shoot her,” the police report read. It went on to detail the other crimes.
On April 17, at 502 Amsterdam Avenue (El Gallo Taqueria), a man entered the restaurant a little before midnight, “asked if they were open, displayed a handgun and removed money from the register. $119 and the tip jar were removed.”
On April 18, “on the southeast corner of Broadway and West 86th Street – Salien Das Fruit Stand – the suspect approached a 50-year-old male and asked for change of a $10 bill. When the victim pulled out money, the suspect displayed a handgun and took approximately $150. The perp started to walk away then demanded the victim’s iPhone and took that too, valued at $850.”
On April 19, in front of 350 Amsterdam Avenue (76-77) – Tasty Burrito Mexican Food – a man displayed a firearm and removed $150 from a 31-year-old woman.
Also on April 19, the suspect returned to the taco truck on 70th Street that he had already robbed, “displayed a handgun,” and took $65 from a 48-year-old female victim.
The suspect’s other two hits allegedly took place in Harlem, again involving a food truck and restaurant. At the last incident, which took place on April 20, “the suspect entered the location, displayed a firearm and removed $1,500 from the register. An individual at the location chased the suspect who fled into St. Nicholas Park where police apprehended the suspect. A loaded .40 caliber firearm was recovered in the vicinity.”
The police report said the charges were “U.S. Code Unclassified,” and that “the suspect is being charged federally.” No description of the suspect was given.
The investigation is ongoing.
(Thanks to Thomas Brophy for the tip!)