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Young Teens Try to Rob Woman on E Train in Lower Manhattan

By Andrea Swalec | August 7, 2013 8:41am
 A woman was nearly robbed by two teens aboard an E train near Canal Street on July 30, 2013, she told police.
A woman was nearly robbed by two teens aboard an E train near Canal Street on July 30, 2013, she told police.
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SOHO — Two teens threatened a woman riding the subway through Lower Manhattan last week and tried to steal her handbag, police said.

The 13-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl allegedly approached the woman, 64, on a southbound E train near the Canal Street stop around 5 a.m. July 30.

They tried to wrest away the woman's purse and told her they were armed.

"I have a knife! I will kill them all!" one of the teens said, according to police.

The teens were arrested soon after the attack and charged as juveniles with attempted robbery. If they are found guilty, they can be placed in a juvenile facility for as long as 18 months, a term that can be extended until they reach 18, according to a law department spokeswoman.

Both teens were being held this week under Administration for Children's Services custody, according to the Law Department.

Investigators found a knife believed to belong to them in the street nearby, cops said.

The 13-year-old boy's lawyer declined to comment on the case. The attorney for the 15-year-old did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:

► A woman who parked her luxury car in Hudson Square early Sunday morning returned to her vehicle to find it had been broken into and her purse had been stolen, police said.

The 22-year-old left her 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class sedan in front of 100 Charlton St. near Hudson Street about 1:15 a.m. Sunday to dance at a club with friends, police said.

When she returned to the car about 2:30 a.m., the rear panel of the driver's side window was shattered and her $250 Coach purse and $150 iPod Touch were gone.

► A 24-year-old man who left his bag in an unsecured locker at the New York Sports Club at 151 Reade St. in TriBeCa on Friday between 4 and 6 p.m. returned after his workout to find his goods gone, police said.

He told police he lost a paycheck for $3,250, headphones worth $270 and sunglasses valued at $120.

► A woman dancing at the trouble-prone Varick Street club Greenhouse accidentally handed her phone and wallet to a stranger earlier this week, police said.

The 31-year-old was dancing at the 150 Varick St. club on Monday about 3 a.m. when someone spilled a drink onto her. She then handed her $400 iPhone and $70 Juicy Couture wallet to the person next to her, who she thought was her friend, she told police.

She realized her mistake right away, but by that time the thief was gone, police said.