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Hull BRONX TIMES R 10 EPORTER, OCT. 1-7, 2021 BTR
Bandit targeted seniors at
knifepoint in robbery pattern
The suspect behind a series of robberies targeting senior men in the Bronx.
Photo courtesy NYPD
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Bronx detectives need the public’s
help in fi nding the brazen bandit responsible
for six robberies targeting
senior men at apartment buildings
across the borough over the past three
The suspect was caught on camera
during the most recent incident,
which occurred on Sept. 22, accosting
a 90-year-old man and stealing his
cellphone and $150 in cash inside the
lobby of an apartment building near
the corner of Cruger Avenue and Pelham
Law enforcement sources said the
culprit has since been linked to fi ve
knifepoint robberies in the Bronx dating
back to Sept. 8, as well as a sixth incident
that occurred back in May.
In each caper, cops said, the crook
approached the senior victims from
behind, often displaying a knife and
sometimes shoving the victims against
a wall or to the fl oor. The perpetrator
then rifl ed through the victim’s pockets,
removing cash, their wallets and/
or cellphones before fl eeing.
The six additional incidents, as police
described in a Sept. 28 alert, are as
The suspect robbed a 79-year-old
man at knifepoint inside an apartment
building in the area of Hollis and
Brady avenues at 5:25 p.m. on May 3,
holding his weapon against the victim’s
throat. After demanding money,
the crook stole $3,000 in cash from the
victim, then fl ed the scene.
The robber attacked a 76-year-old
man as he walked up a stairwell inside
an apartment building near the
corner of Webb Avenue and West 197th
Street in Kingsbridge Heights at 9 p.m.
on Sept. 8. Cops said he pushed the victim
from behind and shoved his head
against the wall. The crook then took
$40 in cash from the victim’s pocket
and fl ed.
The perpetrator accosted a 78-yearold
man in front of an apartment building
near the corner of Barker Avenue
and Thwaites Place in Allerton at 7:40
p.m. on Sept. 12. Police said the suspect
shoved the man to the ground, then removed
$20 in cash from his pockets.
The suspect robbed a 68-year-old
man in front of an apartment house
near the corner of Grand Avenue and
West 190th Street in Fordham Manor
at 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 16. Law enforcement
sources said the culprit struck
the back of the man’s head, causing
him to fall to the ground. He then removed
the victim’s wallet and fl ed the
scene. The victim suffered a facial
bruise, but refused medical attention.
The following day, the perpetrator
attacked a 72-year-old man in the
same location at about 3:05 p.m. on
Sept. 17, shoving him to the ground
and displaying a knife in the process.
The perpetrator then stole the man’s
wallet from his pocket and fl ed the
The crook attacked a 66-yearold
man as he departed a Bx19 bus
near the corner of 3rd Avenue and
East 149th Street in the South Bronx
at 8 p.m. on Sept. 18. He shoved the
man from behind, pushed him to the
ground and then displayed a knife.
The suspect removed the victim’s cellphone
and wallet before fl eeing.
Police described the robber as a
man in his 20s with a medium complexion
and a medium build. During
the most recent caper, he was shown
wearing a red New York Yankees
baseball cap, a white surgical mask,
a white polo shirt, black pants and
dark-colored New Balance sneakers.
This story appears courtesy of our
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