By Carol Tannenhauser
On October 6, at approximately 3:30PM, a 15-year-old boy was beaten and robbed of his cell phone while standing inside the West 72nd Street and Broadway subway station on the northbound platform for the 1,2,3 line.
Police released the attached photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in locating him.
WSR asked the NYPD spokesperson why it often takes so long for police to release identification photos. The detective explained that sometimes a subpoena is required to get security tapes, or additional tapes are sought as the suspect’s trail is retraced, in an effort to get a better angle. Then, hours of tape must be gone through to find the individual.
In this incident, the suspect was unknown to the victim when he “approached him and punched him in the face,” police reported. “The victim fell to the ground and the individual began punching and kicking him in the face and body. The [suspect] then forcibly removed the victim’s iPhone 11 [and] fled onto a northbound 1 train. He was last seen exiting the West 137 Street and Broadway station. The victim sustained minor injuries to his face and was transported by EMS to Cornell Hospital.”
Police described the suspect as “in his late teens with a dark complexion and a thin build. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.”
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.