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Muggers Beat Scottish Woman After Taking Her iPhone in Subway, Police Say

By Rebecca Fishbein | May 31, 2017 9:20am
 Two thieves swiped a woman's iPhone and then punched and kicked her when she tried to confront them, police said.
Two thieves swiped a woman's iPhone and then punched and kicked her when she tried to confront them, police said.
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FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Muggers viciously beat a Scottish woman at the Fulton Street subway station when she confronted them for stealing her cellphone, police said.

The victim, who hails from Scotland but is temporarily living in Manhattan, was walking with a friend through the upper mezzanine of the A/C lines on May 27 at around 9 p.m. when a man approached her and snatched her iPhone 5s from her hand, police said.

When she demanded the suspect return the phone, a second man blocked her path and punched her, police said.

The woman then followed the two men to the A/C platform, whereupon the second assailant grabbed her hair, threw her to the ground and began kicking her repeatedly, according to police. Both suspects fled the station, and though police attempted to canvas the scene, they were unable to find them.

The woman was treated at the scene for bruises and scratches on her neck. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, according to police.

Other recent incidents in the 1st Precinct include:

► A 39-year-old food cart vendor was arrested for allegedly assaulting a fellow vendor in front of 30 Wall St. on May 27. Police said Sameh Amer, 39, got into a dispute with the 48-year-old victim over his cart’s location, and when the argument escalated Amer hit the victim in the face, knocking him unconscious. The victim was treated at NY Presbyterian Hospital. Amer was charged with assault and harassment, according to a criminal complaint, and was released on his own recognizance. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

► Two men got into an argument at the Arlo SoHo at 231 Hudson St. on May 18 when suspect Roberto Bonifacio, 38, shoved the victim to the ground and hit him with a metal squeegee, according to police. The victim suffered lacerations and bleeding and was treated at the scene. Bonifacio was arrested and charged with assault. Staff at the Arlo declined to comment. Attorney information for Bonifacio wasn't immediately available.

► An unidentified thief broke into a 30-year-old man’s work van parked in front of 271 Church St. on May 22 and stole a $6,800 floor sanding machine, according to police. There were no arrests as of Tuesday.

► Five men with preppy taste shoplifted items from a Lacoste store inside 541 Broadway on May 22 and beat an employee who tried to stop them, the NYPD said. A 24-year-old store employee told police that when she confronted the men, one suspect told her, “We are going to show you,” and took more shirts from a display table inside the store. She then tried to grab the man, who punched her on the left side of her face, according to police. Another suspect pushed the employee to help the man she grabbed get away, police said. All five men fled southbound on Broadway on foot, and officers canvassed the area to no avail. The employee was treated for neck pain on the scene, police said. The store declined to comment.

► A 32-year-old woman from Tarrytown, New York, said her bag was stolen from Kenn’s Broome Street Bar at 363 West Broadway on May 19. The victim told police she put her bag on the floor while dining at the bar that night, but when she went to grab it before leaving, she noticed it was gone, and she was notified by her bank that there were two unauthorized transactions on one of her credit cards.

Someone brought her bag to the 1st Precinct on May 21, but when the victim arrived to pick it up, she noted her MacBook Air, MetroCard, bank cards, identification, and a rebate card were all missing, police said. There were no arrests as of Tuesday, and the bar has not yet responded to request for comment.

► A 38-year-old woman from Brooklyn says her bike was stolen in front of 145 Avenue of the Americas on May 26. She locked her bike to a traffic post and went to a meeting in the morning, but when she returned, her bike was gone, according to police. There were no arrests as of Tuesday.

► An thief swiped a 48-year-old woman’s wallet aboard a crowded 2 train, while the victim was headed from 72nd St to Chambers St on May 27, police said. The victim noticed her wallet was missing when she arrived at her office, and found her credit card had been used to purchase MTA MetroCards, according to cops. There were no arrests as of Tuesday.