THE BRONX — One day after a man was robbed at gunpoint in The Bronx, the mugger returned and demanded that the victim accompany him to New Jersey to withdraw money from his bank account, in a complex scheme that left the victim terrified, the NYPD said.
The 30-year-old victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was walking along 188th Street near Valentine Avenue in Fordham about 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 when the mugger pulled a gun on him and demanded cash, a debit card and his personal information, police said.
The victim handed it all over and the mugger disappeared, the NYPD said.
But then the next day, just when the victim thought he had put the jarring incident behind him, the mugger contacted him and demanded to meet, police said.
Fearing for his life, the victim agreed and the two drove to New Jersey, where the victim was forced to deposit forged checks into his bank account at one bank branch and then withdraw cash from another, the NYPD said.
The victim was then freed unharmed, police said.
Investigators were still trying to determine exactly how much money the suspect ran away with, an NYPD spokesman said.
Police released a surveillance photo showing the suspect, described as about 5-foot-9 and weighing 135 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).