By Leslie Albrecht
MANHATTAN — One of two teenagers police arrested in connection with an armed mugging spree in Central Park Wednesday night has been released, police said early Thursday evening.
Police arrested Driton Rexhaj, 19, from the Meatpacking District, and Jesse Wasserman, 17, of Westchester, early Thursday morning on charges that they robbed three people at gunpoint behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Rexhaj was eventually released after questioning on Thursday, according to NYPD. Police said they did not believe he was involved in the muggings.
Three of the victims identified Wasserman in a line-up, police sources said. He's being charged with robbery.
Originally police said they believed two people had been involved in the mugging spree, but following Rexhaj's release, they said they were no longer looking for a second suspect.
Police said the first mugging occurred about 11:50 p.m. at East 84th Street and the East Drive, just north of the Met.
The suspect allegedly robbed a 19-year-old man of his wallet, cell phone and credit cards.
Ten minutes later, the teen allegedly robbed a 50-year-old man of his bicycle, police said.
At 12:20 a.m. at East 81st Street and East Drive, police said Wasserman struck a third time, stealing a 35-year-old man's backpack, glasses, sneakers, cell phone and keys.
None of the victims were injured during the attacks, police said.
Wasserman was arrested at East 68th Street and Park Avenue about 1 a.m.
Rexhaj was also arrested about 1 a.m. at East 70th Street and Park Avenue, police said. After questioning, Rexhaj was released.
Police originally thought that Wasserman showed victims a gun while Rexhaj grabbed their property. They had suspected the two approached their victims by asking for directions to East 79th Street, police said.
Police would not specify where the initial reports came from that two people were involved in the muggings, they would only confirm that Wasserman was under arrest and Rexhaj had been released.