Man Stops Robbery by Knocking Gun From Suspect's Hand, Police Say

By Heather Holland on May 14, 2014 6:45am 

 A 17-year-old tried to rob two men in front of the Friends Seminary using a BB gun, police said.
A 17-year-old tried to rob two men in front of the Friends Seminary using a BB gun, police said.
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GRAMERCY — A Kips Bay resident being held up at gunpoint turned the tables on his would-be robber — knocking the gun out of the suspect's hand, police said.

The 20-year-old man, whose name was not released by police, was sitting with a friend in front of Friends Seminary at 222 E. 16th St. near Stuyvesant Square Park when a 17-year-old thief approached them about 12:20 a.m. May 10, police said.

The teen pointed a gun — which police said resembled a .22 Magnum semi-automatic pistol but was actually a BB gun — and demanded that the men throw their wallets and phones to the ground, police said.

Instead, the victim knocked the weapon out of the teen's hand, police said.

The teen grabbed the gun, tossed it under a fence into Stuyvesant Square Park and fled, police said.

He was later caught and charged with robbery and attempted robbery, court records show. His name is being withheld because of his age.

The teen is due back in court Thursday. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Other notable crimes in the 13th Precinct include:

► A suspect held up a 57-year-old man who was using a Chase ATM at Seventh Avenue and West 24th Street, police said.

Police spotted Bradley Pullman, 42, waving a knife and trying to pry property from an Upper West Side resident at the ATM at about 12:30 a.m. on May 7, police said.

After searching him, police found Pullman carrying amphetamine pills, police said.

Pullman was arrested and charged with attempted robbery, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

He is due back in court May 29. Pullman’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

► A 25-year-old man was busted after he groped a woman as she was about to go through a turnstile in the subway station at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue, police said.

Miguel Tlaczani-Hernandez was accused of grabbing the 28-year-old woman's butt at about midnight on May 9, police said.

After a search, police found him carrying four bags of marijuana, police said.

Tlaczani-Hernandez was charged with forcible touching, sexual abuse, harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana, court records show.

He is due back in court June 24, records show. His attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.

► A 21-year-old man was arrested after he swiped an iPhone 5 and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones from a straphanger’s backpack near the Union Square subway station, police said.

Police spotted Angel Rijos taking the property, worth about $600, and putting it into his pocket aboard a 5 train at about 6:40 p.m. May 8, the NYPD said.

He was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, according to online court records.

He is due back in court on Aug. 28. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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