WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A 14-year-old boy was arrested this week in connection to a mugging in which a woman was threatened with a stun gun before her purse was stolen, police said.
The 31-year-old victim was sitting in front of 20 Laurel Hill Terrace at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when a group of five males walked by, the NYPD said.
One of them then turned back and approached the woman, threatening her with a stun gun while demanding her purse, 34th Precinct Deputy Inspector Chris Morello wrote on the precinct’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
The 4 to midnight shift caught 5 men who robbed a woman with this stun gun. Learn more at http://t.co/WQv3Hn5CEZ pic.twitter.com/35WqAP0Cal— NYPD 34th Precinct (@NYPD34Pct) August 27, 2015
The group then fled into Highbridge Park with the woman’s purse, which contained her phone, passport, credit card and keys, according to Morello and police.
Two officers from the 34th Precinct encountered the group near the Highbridge Park skate park a short time later, Morello said. At least one member of the group was still in possession of the purse and stun gun, police said.
Police initially arrested two people, including the 14-year-old, who was charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD said.
An 18-year-old man was also arrested and charged with robbery and possession of stolen property, but those charges were later dropped by the DA's office for undisclosed reasons.