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Police Looking for Man in Bizarre Mugging Spree

By Ben Fractenberg | September 16, 2011 4:09pm

MANHATTAN — Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a bizarre series of muggings targeting teenage and young women in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the NYPD said Friday.

The suspect, who was caught on video wearing a light-colored baseball cap, black T-shirt, jeans and tan boots, allegedly approaches his victims and claims they assaulted his niece, or were responsible for a robbery. He then pretends to have a gun or threatens to hurt them before robbing them, police said.

The mugging spree allegedly began on Aug. 26, when the suspect attacked a 24-year-old woman inside an East Harlem building, stealing her pocketbook, police said.

He allegedly struck again on Sept. 3, robbing jewelry and iPod from a 16-year-old girl at East 103rd Street and Third Avenue.

Six days later he struck in the Lower East Side, again stealing jewelry and an iPod from a 17-year-old girl at Columbia and Houston streets, police said.

Anyone with information about the robberies can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit a tip by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.