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Armed man targeting cell phones on Lower East Side

August 28, 2013 4:21:07 AM PDT
Police are looking for an armed man targeting people's cell phones in Lower Manhattan.

Authorities say the man, caught on camera, is responsible for at least three incidents, the most recent of which happened just after 11 a.m. August 9 on Henry Street on the Lower East Side.

The man approached the 19-year-old victim and demanded his phone. The victim complied, and the suspect fled the scene.

Similar incidents happened to a 25-year-old man who was threatened with a razor blade and a gun inside his Greenwich Village apartment building just before 4 p.m. on August 2 and a 16-year-old boy at 10 a.m. August 9 on Franklin Street, just an hour before the most recent robbery.

There were no reported injuries in any of the incidents.

The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 17 and 25, standing approximately 5-foot-6 to 6-feet tall and weighing 140 to 150 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.


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