Pickpocket Arrested for Targeting Sleeping Subway Riders

By Tom Liddy on April 22, 2012 3:55pm 

Enemuo Chukwudike, 22 allegedly tried to steal from a sleeping straphanger on a 7 train in Times Square.
Enemuo Chukwudike, 22 allegedly tried to steal from a sleeping straphanger on a 7 train in Times Square.
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MANHATTAN — His next stop could be jail.

A pickpocket who had been targeting sleeping straphangers was caught red-handed trying to steal from a snoozing subway rider aboard a train in Times Square, police said.

The suspect, Enemuo Chukwudike, 22, faces a slew of charges for the alleged incident on the 7 train, including criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and jostling.

According to New York State penal law, jostling is when a person "places his hand in the proximity of a person's pocket or handbag" and is a Class A misdemeanor.

Police said the suspect was spotted entering a stationary car and sitting down next to a sleeping subway rider at 6 a.m. on April 21.

He then allegedly put his hands into the victim's pockets several times.

Cops said that Chukwudike, of Jamaica, Queens, then left the train and was arrested.

The officers allegedly found an iPhone and credit cards when they searched him and determined that they belonged to subway riders who had fallen asleep.

It's not clear if either belonged to the Times Square victim.

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