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Man Stole Cellphones in Three Lower Manhattan Robberies, Cops Say

By Aidan Gardiner | August 28, 2013 7:57am
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MANHATTAN — A thief threatened to shoot his victims if they didn't hand over their cellphones in three separate Lower Manhattan robberies, cops said.

In each hold-up, which occurred in early August in Greenwich Village, TriBeCa, and the Lower East Side, the mugger told his victims he had a gun and said he'd shoot them, the NYPD said.

The suspect first robbed a 25-year-old in his Village apartment building on Aug. 2 about 3:45 p.m., police said. The victim handed over his iPhone when the mugger showed a razor blade and also threatened to shoot, cops said.

The most recent robberies took place on the morning of Aug. 9th, police said.

The thief first mugged a 16-year-old boy in front of 179 Franklin St. about 10:15 a.m. and then robbed a 19-year-old man in front of 179 Henry St., cops said.

Police described the suspect as in his late teens or early 20s, between 5-foot-6 and 6 foot, and about 145 pounds.

None of the victims were injured in the robberies, cops said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).