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Suspect Charged in Violent Mugging Near Village Police Precinct

By Andrea Swalec | April 5, 2012 11:44am

MANHATTAN — Cops busted a 21-year-old man suspected of brazenly beating and mugging a man just steps away from a West Village police station.

Ronnie Dance was cuffed Monday in connection with the March 20 attack on a 30-year-old man on West 10th Street between Hudson and Bleecker streets, just down the block from the Sixth Precinct stationhouse, the NYPD said.

Dance and a male accomplice, who were both caught on subway surveillance cameras, punched the victim before making off with his cell phone and wallet about 1:30 a.m., police said.

Dance, a North Carolina native, was charged with robbery, assault, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, police said. 

He is being held at the Manhattan Detention Complex on White Street in lieu of $7,500 bail, Department of Correction records show. 

Cops are still hunting for the second suspect, who is believed to be between 25 and 35 years old.

Robberies in the Sixth Precinct, which covers Greenwich Village and the West Village, have risen slightly this year through March 25, according to NYPD data. There have been 37 robberies, up from 30 during the same period last year.

Overall, major crime in the Village is on pace with last year, with 305 reported incidents, up from 302 during the same period last year.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.