The robber attacked the woman in broad daylight on Pershing Crescent.
Jazeke Samuels was arrested Monday after sending police a selfie from a stolen phone, officials say.
Police said the man would bear hug women while mugging them in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.
The 19-year-old victim was approached near Bennett Avenue and West 181st Street, police said.
The two suspects stole money, cellphones and a MetroCard from four men in Harlem in 2013, police said.
A thief returned a day after a mugging and forced the victim to withdraw cash in New Jersey, police said.
Police from the 113th Precinct have stepped up patrols to try to catch him before he strikes again.
Abdourahmane Seck was arrested after robbing at least six people on Staten Island, police said.
The victim was walking up the steps of his home when he was robbed, police said.
At least 11 people have been robbed in south Brooklyn since October.
A Brooklyn man was attacked across from 17 State St., police said.
A 49-year-old man was struck on State Street by a 23-year-old man.
The driver fought off a male and female mugger after driving them to The Bronx Sunday.
The two men robbed a couple at gunpoint outside a Mott Haven strip club early Monday, cops say.
Anthony Hennis, whose son Antiq Hennis was shot and killed, is wanted in connection with a mugging.
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