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'Don't Cause a Scene,' Robber Tells MetroPCS Clerk: NYPD

By Dartunorro Clark | November 14, 2016 4:59pm
 An East Harlem MetroPCS was robbed at gunpoint for more than $1,300 in cash on Nov. 8, police said.
An East Harlem MetroPCS was robbed at gunpoint for more than $1,300 in cash on Nov. 8, police said.
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HARLEM — Two masked men robbed an East Harlem phone store and assaulted the worker for $1,300, the NYPD said.

Milton Diaz, 40, and Aaron Forty, 20, walked into a MetroPCS on East 116th Street around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, police said.

Diaz was wearing a ski mask and Forty had a scarf wrapped around his face when the men approached a 23-year-old worker and demanded she empty the register, according to the criminal complaint.

"Don't cause a scene, just give me the money. Give me the money or I'm going to have to kill you. I'm going to have to shoot you,” one of the men said to the clerk, according to the complaint.

One of the suspects showed her the black handle of a gun in his right pocket, the complaint said.

Forty then pushed the clerk against the wall while Diaz grabbed all the cash from the register—$1,355—and then both ran out of the store.

The clerk called police, who then canvassed the area and arrested the suspects the same day. They were still in possession of the cash and a ski mask, according to the complaint and the police report.

Both were charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, one count of second-degree robbery and one count of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.

Bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

A lawyer for the two could not be reached for comment.