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Two Phony Cops Rob and Assault Man at LES Subway Station, Police Say

By William Gorta | March 17, 2012 1:18pm

MANHATTAN — Police are hunting for two men who allegedly pretended to be cops and robbed a man at a Lower East Side subway station last month.

The 41-year-old victim and the two men argued on the Brooklyn-bound J train platform at Essex and Delancey streets on Feb. 4, police said.

After the victim threatened to call 911, one of the impersonators flashed a star-shaped badge and said he was a police officer, cops said. The second man told the victim he was from Immigration, police added.

As the victim left the station, he told the pair he was going to call 911.

The men, both about 50 to 60 years old, then assaulted him and stole his wallet.

Police ask that anyone with information about this robbery call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers Website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577.