By Carol Tannenhauser
Two 17-year-old girls were robbed in the 72nd Street tunnel in Riverside Park at about 10PM Monday night. Police are seeking two individuals of unknown description and age, who were traveling together “on a scooter,” a spokesperson said. “One got off and removed cell phones from both girls, but only one phone ended up being taken. The suspects fled on the scooter.”
Upper West Sider Jim Naughton witnessed the incident and alerted us. “I was walking my dog in Riverside Park last night at around 9:45,” Naughton wrote. “I was on Riverside Drive at about 73rd Street. A moped, with two people on board, entered the park at 74th Street and rode down the path to the 72nd Street tunnel that leads to the river. These two people assaulted and robbed several people in the tunnel. I’m not sure if they were threatened with a gun or knife.”
The police made no mention of weapons.
“Can you warn the UWS that this is happening all over town?” Naughton asked. “If you see two people on a scooter approaching you, you are about to be robbed.” (Thanks, Jim, for the tip.)