EAST HARLEM — A teenage boy was punched in the back of the head and held at knifepoint last week by another teen in Marcus Garvey Park, police said.
The 15-year-old victim was crossing the basketball courts in the southeast area of the park about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred, according to the NYPD.
A suspect, who police believe was also a teenager, punched the victim behind the ear while his accomplice held a knife to him, police said.
While the knife was being held at the victim, the suspect who punched him said, “Give me your phone” and then went through his pockets, police said. They got away with the boy’s phone and wallet, police said.
The incident marked the second time a 15-year-old was robbed in Harlem in as many days.
A day earlier, on Nov. 9, another 15-year-old boy who was selling his jacket online was robbed by someone posing as a 16-year-old named “Juan,” according to the NYPD.
The two connected via Facebook and met at 1627 Park Ave. about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 9, police said.
When the fake buyer tried on the black jacket, which is worth $350, he said, “It’s mine now,” and revealed a black-and-silver gun in his waistband, police said.
The victim was not injured in the robbery, police said.