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Man Robbed of Chef's Knife and Kitchen Tools at Knifepoint, Police Say

By Janet Upadhye | April 18, 2014 4:19pm
 The C train in NYC on August 1, 2013
The C train in NYC on August 1, 2013
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CLINTON HILL — A 19-year-old man was robbed of his chef's knife — emblazoned with 
"Culinary Institute of America" — and kitchen tools as he got out of a C train earlier this month, police sources said.

The straphanger had just stepped into the platform of the Clinton-Washington C train stop around 9 p.m. April 9 when he was approached by a trio of men who told him, "give me your bag," according to police.

The thieves — one of whom was believed to be in his 20s and was carrying a knife of his own — along with two accomplices, then grabbed the straphanger's bag, which also held a Polo t-shirt and passport from India, and ran out of the station, the NYPD said.

The bag and its contents were valued at $1,390, according to records.

No arrests were made, police said.

The Culinary Institute of America, based in Hyde Park, could not immediately be reached for comment. It was not clear if the vicitm was a student.

Other incidents that took place in the 88th Precinct included the following:

• A 13-year-old boy was robbed of his Samsung Galaxy cell phone while standing outside his middle school on DeKalb Avenue and Adelphi Street on April 7 at 4:45 p.m., police said. The boy was surrounded by three men who said "run your pockets or I'm going to beat you up," according to police. The men then grabbed the cell phone from the boy's pocket and ran, police said. No arrests were made.

• A Chinese food delivery man was robbed of $349 worth of food outside of 30 Lefferts Place on April 7 at 9:15 p.m. The 21-year-old delivery man was carrying food to an apartment when a group of men with a firearm grabbed the food and drove off in a black Nissan, police said. No arrests were made, according to the NYPD.