Man Chases Mugger Through Subway Tunnel to Retrieve $94, Lighter

By Danielle Tcholakian on February 17, 2014 6:58am 

 The robber ran, with the victim in pursuit, from the Houston Street station to the Christopher Street station on the 1 line, police said.
The robber ran, with the victim in pursuit, from the Houston Street station to the Christopher Street station on the 1 line, police said.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — A middle-aged robber led his victim on a mad dash through the city's streets and subway tunnels last week, police said.

Jeff Hamm, 54, snatched $94 in cash and a $2 lighter from a 54-year-old man at Sixth Avenue and West Fourth Street about 7:30 a.m. Feb. 9, police said. When the victim tried to grab the items back, Hamm put up his fists and then took off running, police said. 

The victim chased Hamm into the 1 train station at West Houston and Varick streets, then followed as Hamm leaped onto the subway tracks and raced through the tunnel to the next stop on the uptown 1 route, Christopher Street.

At the Christopher Street station, Hamm threw $1 and $5 bills at the victim and then headed above ground, where he set off running again, police said.

An officer noticed Hamm trying to get into a taxi at Grove and Bleecker streets as the other man tried to stop him.

"That guy robbed me!" police said the man screamed.

The officer patted Hamm down and found four $20 bills and the lighter on him, as well as what police said appeared to be marijuana and cocaine.

Hamm was arrested and charged with robbery, police said.

Information on his lawyer was not immediately available.

Other notable crimes in the 6th Precinct include:

► Police spotted 20-year-old Akiirah Allen walking along Grove Street in the early morning hours of Feb. 6, trying to get into several buildings, according to the NYPD.

He was able to get inside the fourth building he tried, 35 Grove St., where police stopped and questioned him, the NYPD said.

A routine name check turned up three open warrants, police said, though they did not specify what the warrants were for. Police patted him down and found two credit cards and two debit cards in his wallet with someone else's name on them.

Allen was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

Information on his attorney was not immediately available.

► A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Feb. 8 for having a fake ID, police said.

Police had originally stopped him for public urination in front of 115 Christopher St. about 12:25 a.m., but a search revealed a fake Illinois driver's license, a bag of marijuana and "several graffiti-making instruments."

Police said the teen, whose name was withheld because of his age, had previous graffiti-related arrests in the area.

► Police were called to a bathroom near the bar at the Jane Hotel, 113 Jane St., on Feb. 7 over an alleged assault.

Police said Michael Klein, 39, attacked a 37-year-old man in a bathroom stall about 10:44 p.m. Klein kicked in the stall door twice, police said, hitting the other man in the head.

The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Klein was arrested and charged with assault, police said. Information on his lawyer was not immediately available.

► Police spotted a 16-year-old boy asking people for MetroCard swipes outside the turnstiles by the northeast exit of the Eighth Avenue and 14th Street A, C, E and L subway station.

Police patted him down about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and found a box cutter in his right jacket pocket. 

The teen, whose name was withheld because of his age, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

► A security guard at Catch foiled a would-be iPhone thief who was trying to slip out of the 21 Ninth Ave. club with a 22-year-old woman's iPhone in his pant leg, police said.

The woman left her iPhone on a hostess table, police said, and a witness spotted Marius Paduraru, 24, sneaking off with it about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 2. When Paduraru tried to leave the club, a security guard stopped him.

Paduraru was arrested and charged with petit larceny, police said.

His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

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