HARLEM — First he didn’t have a battery charge, then he didn’t even have a phone.
Police said a man took a phone from a public charging port in Marcus Garvey Park on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and then attacked the owner when confronted.
The thief punched and kicked the 32-year-old phone owner near the amphitheater and eventually chased him from the park, according to the NYPD.
When the victim returned to the park to pick up a backpack he had left, the bag was also gone, according to the police.
Friday's incident was the second phone robbery in the park last week. On Thursday about 10:15 p.m. in the southeast section of the park, a 31-year-old man was surrounded by three other men who told him to empty his pockets, according to the NYPD.
"Do it now, do it or we're gonna," one of the men told the victim.
He handed over his iPhone 6, his headphones, and $3 in cash, police said.
No arrests have been made in either case.