HUDSON HEIGHTS — Four men kicked and punched a victim near the Fort Tryon Park entrance before running off with his camcorder, police said.
The suspects approached the 27-year-old victim at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22, beat him up and stole his Sony camcorder, leaving him with a scratch on his right ear and some swelling above his left eyebrow and upper lip, police said.
Police wouldn't say if the man was using the camera, or if he was targeted for it.
Police released video of the four men from after the robbery that shows them entering the elevators in the nearby A-train station, polishing their glasses, and stretching. It was not immediately clear why police waited nearly a month to release the video.
The men were last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, a jean jacket with a scarf, a black and white motorcycle jacket, and a puffy hooded jacket, according to the video.
The park has long been a flashpoint of concern for Uptown, with residents calling for more police enforcement following a series of robberies in Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill parks in late 2015, as well as a rape and deadly fall in Highbridge Park early 2016.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.