By Carol Tannenhauser
Police are looking for the man pictured above for allegedly attempting to steal a Citi Bike from a 49-year-old man who was riding in the vicinity of Central Park West and West 86th Street, at 2:30 a.m., on June 19.
The would-be robber first “sprayed the victim in the face with an unknown substance, which caused burning and irritation to his eyes,” according to a police report. He then knocked the man off the bike and attempted to flee with it, but “the victim was able to catch up to [him], tried retrieving his bicycle back, and when he did was punched in the face several times. The [assailant] fled without the bicycle into the Central Park West and 86 Street MTA C/B subway station. EMS responded and treated the victim on scene.”
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 Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.