Police Seeking Serial Mugger on the Lower East Side
Shield those iPhones and other electronic desirables in public. Police are on the hunt for a robber who’s holding up victims specifically for their electronics and wallets. The serial mugger has already struck sixteen times on the Lower East Side since May, all incidents with a similar pattern. Half the attacks occurred near the East River Park.
The suspect, described as a black male in his 30s, 5-foot-9 to 6-feet tall with a dark complexion, thin mustache and thin beard, allegedly approaches his target, brandishes or simulates knife/gun, and relieves victims of their personal property. Of all the incidents in the last three months, no one has reportedly been hurt.
The first incident transpired on May 5 inside the elevator of an Avenue C building. Per his MO, the man robbed a 59-year-old woman by simulating a firearm and demanded the woman’s chain. His most recent was an attack on two teens on East Fourteenth Street last week.