INWOOD — Police arrested two teens who brazenly mugged a 13-year-old boy of his cellphone Friday night, authorities said.
A plainclothes officer witnessed Josue Monserrate, 18, and Richard Guerrero, 17, allegedly strong-arm the victim into handing over his telephone as he walked along a busy stretch of Broadway near West 212th Street.
The duo approached the 13-year-old just after 8 p.m. and allegedly demanded he hand over his belongings.
“I don’t want to hit you, give me your stuff,” Monserrate threatened, according to court documents. “Don’t tell anybody, because you know what’s going to happen.”
The victim then handed Guerrero his cell phone, which Guerero then passed to Monserrate.
Monserrate then told his accomplice to search the victim, who handed over $5 from his back pocket, according to court documents.
Police said the suspects fled the scene and were caught after a canvass of the area near Inwood Hill Park.
The two were charged with third degree robbery, according to police.
Monserrate has been arrested four times in the 34th Precinct and Guerrero has a history of arrests, including grand larceny, assault and robberies, police said.
Monserrate is currently being held on $5,000 bail and the Guerrero was remanded, according to court documents. They return to court on Thursday.