CENTRAL PARK — A Bronx man was attacked by a trio of robbers in Central Park in broad daylight, the second mugging in the park in three days, police said.
Three men came up behind a 26-year-old victim who was strolling in the park near 105th Street and West Drive, and demanded his cellphone at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The Bronx man refused to surrender the phone and the trio attacked him, shoving him to the ground and punching and kicking him, police said.
In the tussle the man's phone fell out of his pocket and the men grabbed the phone and the victim's wallet then fled, police said. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.
No arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning, police confirmed.
The mugging is the second attack this week in the Central Park.
Early Monday morning a Swedish tourist was punched in the face and had his wallet stolen, police said. Police arrested a 20-year-old Isaiah Goodson in that incident.
Despite the recent spate of violence, Central Park is safer than it was last year, statistics show.
Through Oct. 15 there had been 10 robberies in Central Park this year, that's down 38 percent from last year when there were 16 muggings in the same time period, according to police statistics.
The overall number of major crimes in Central Park dropped by 13 percent compared to the same time a year ago, though there have been increases in murder and rape, with one murder and three rapes reported there so far this year.