A mugger has been targeting older victims in Harlem and The Bronx, the NYPD said.
The suspect is wanted for six “strong arm” robberies between August and October. All six victims are elderly men who were followed into their buildings and then threatened, said cops, who released a photo and a video in connection with the crimes.
None of the victims were seriously injured, police said.
The crime spree began Aug. 28 at 1:15 p.m. when a 78-year-old man was followed into a building in the vicinity of East 167th St. and Gerard Avenue in the Bronx, cops said.
The robber struck again, Sept. 18 at approximately 1:50 p.m., following a 63-year-old man into a building in the vicinity of East 151th St. and River Avenue, also in the Bronx.
Just 40 minutes later, at 2:30 p.m., a 63-year-old male was followed into a building in the vicinity of East 167 Street and Gerard Avenue.
Eight days later, on Sept. 26, at 3:10 p.m., an 80-year-old man was followed into a building in the vicinity of East 126 Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem and victimized.
On Sept. 29, at about 12:45 p.m., the robber struck again, this time following his 77-year-old victim into a building in the vicinity of Morris Avenue and East 156 Street in the Bronx.
The final incident occurred Oct. 3 at 2:35 p.m., when the assailant followed a 63-year-old man into a building in the vicinity of West 155 Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Harlem.
The perp is believed to be a man between 40 and 50 years old.
The NYPD released a photo of the suspect taken before the third incident.
Anyone with information in regard to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).