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Knife-Wielding 12-Year-Olds Try to Rob Women in Hell's Kitchen, Police Say

By Maya Rajamani | March 21, 2016 3:57pm

HELL’S KITCHEN — A pair of knife-wielding 12-year-old boys were arrested after trying to rob two Hell’s Kitchen women in separate incidents on the same day, police said.

A 27-year-old resident of West 48th Street was entering her girlfriend’s home at the corner of West 52nd Street and 10th Avenue through a side entrance around 8:15 p.m. on March 16 when one of the boys approached her, grabbed her arm and said, “Give me everything you got,” she told police.

The woman managed to push the boy away and went inside the building, the NYPD said.

That same evening, a 31-year-old woman who lives on West 52nd Street told police she was walking home from work when the boys approached her at the same corner and said, “Can I ask you a question?" police said.

After the woman said yes, one of the boys said, “Give me everything you got” and pulled out a knife, police said.

The woman pushed the boy, but he came at her with the knife and asked again to give up her belongings, the NYPD said.

At some point during the confrontation, the second boy ran down the street with the first boy and threw a stick he had been holding to the ground, the woman told police.

Police did not say what time that evening the other incident happened.

Neither woman lost property or was injured, police said.

The 12-year-olds were arrested and charged with robbery, the NYPD said. Their names were withheld because of their age.