MANHATTAN — Police are searching for a knife-wielding teen who tricked his victims into handing over their cellphones before running off with the devices, the NYPD said.
In one instance, the suspect approached a 16-year-old boy on the platform at the 125th Street and Lexington Avenue station on April 22 around 5:25 p.m. and asked to use the teen's phone to make a call, police said.
When the victim asked for the phone back after the call, the robber flashed a knife and fled the station, police said.
Just 25 minutes later, the suspect asked an 11-year-old girl to use her phone on the 2 train platform inside the Lenox Avenue station and flashed a knife when she asked for it back before walking away, police said.
Police said there were no injuries.
The suspect was described as between 16 and 18, and was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and blue pants.
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).