UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 8: Brooklyn resident Elijah Gay, 22, was arrested Tuesday evening in connection to multiple robberies, including two on the Upper West Side, police said.
Gay was charged with robbery, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon, and fare evasion, police said.
One of his alleged robberies involved snatching a purse from a 90-year-old woman within the 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station, police said.
By Gus Saltonstall
A recent string of robberies throughout Manhattan includes two incidents on the Upper West Side where elderly women had their wallets and purses snatched, police said on Tuesday.
Police are looking for a man connected to five robberies in various parts of the borough from November 12 to February 2.
Locally, at 5:20 p.m. on January 26, a 76-year-old woman was in the 72nd Street and Broadway 1, 2, 3 station, when a man approached and grabbed her wallet, police said. He then fled the station, NYPD added.
A few days later on February 2, a 90-year-old woman was standing in the 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station at around 6 p.m., when a man came up behind her and snatched her purse, police said. The purse contained her credit cards and hearing aids, which the NYPD valued at approximately $6,000.
Neither women was hurt in the incidents.
The three earlier robberies took place on the Lower East Side and Upper East Side, according to police.
NYPD describes the suspect as 20 to 25 years old.
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).
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