Tough guy Two crooks sought in East Village robberies
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Detectives are looking for
the brute who suckerpunched
man on a Chelsea street earlier
The NYPD released video
footage on Aug. 15 of the
suspect wanted for the attack,
which took place at about 7:40
p.m. on Aug. 4 in the area of
10th Avenue and West 29th
According to law enforcement
sources, the perpetrator
approached the victim, who
was walking on the sidewalk at
the location, then punched him
in the face. Cops said the attack
was completely unprovoked.
After delivering the blow,
police said, the brute fl ed on
The suspect sought for a
random punching attack in
Chelsea on Aug. 4, 2021.
foot eastbound along West 29th
The incident was reported to
the 10th Precinct. EMS treated
the victim at the scene for a
head laceration suffered in the
As shown on the video, the
attacker wore a dark, longsleeved
shirt and gray pants
while carrying a backpack.
Anyone with information
regarding his whereabouts
can call Crime Stoppers at
800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial
Three teen robbers sought after beating
up teen for bike in Central Park
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Police need the public’s help in fi nding three
young bicycle thieves who beat up and robbed
a 14-year-old boy for his ride in Central Park
earlier this week.
The NYPD released video footage of the crooks
behind the Aug. 9 robbery, which occurred at about
4:30 p.m. in the area of 72nd Street and West Drive.
Law enforcement sources said the perpetrators
met up with the victim to trade bicycles with him.
But once they were together, police noted, one of the
suspects went on the attack, assaulting the youngster
while another individual removed the victim’s bike.
The three suspects then took off on foot southbound
inside the park. The incident was reported to
the Central Park Precinct. Police said the victim was
not physically injured.
Police described all three suspects as young men
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Police need the public’s help in tracking down
two robbers behind a pair of separate capers
in the East Village last month.
The most severe incident happened at a laundromat
on First Avenue on the morning of July
16, when a crook was caught on camera physically
struggling with a female clerk who attempted to stop
Law enforcement sources said the trouble began
at about 9:15 a.m. on July 16 inside the New Phoenix
Laundromat & Clean, located at 199 First Ave.
Police said the suspect walked into the location,
approached the 32-year-old female worker and demanded
money from the register. The worker then
produced a screwdriver to protect herself from harm.
As shown on video that the NYPD released Tuesday,
Aug. 17, the crook engaged in a physical struggle
with the worker before fi nally managing to wrest the
would-be weapon from her.
While menacing the woman with the weapon, the
suspect then opened the cash register and removed
$250 in cash. Moments later, he casually shut the
register and walked out of the store in an unknown
Police described the culprit as a Black man who
wore a black baseball cap, a black mask, a black
T-shirt, gray sweatpants and white sneakers.
Law enforcement sources said the second incident
happened two days later, at 3 a.m. on July 18, when
three unidentifi ed males robbed a 40-year-old man
near the corner of St. Mark’s Place and First Avenue.
According to authorities, the group accosted
The three suspects behind a robbery and
assault of a 14-year-old boy in Central Park on
Aug. 9, 2021.
with dark complexions, believed to be 15 years of age.
They’re shown on camera walking through a gate at
a nearby subway station.
Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts
can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for
Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA).
The suspects behind a pair of recent
robberies in the East Village.
the man and removed the victim’s cell phone and
wallet from his pants pockets. They then fl ed in an
The incident was later reported to the 9th Precinct,
which later determined that one of the suspects
used the victim’s debit card to go shopping at the
Target store located at 500 East 14th St. at about
8:15 a.m. on July 18.
On Aug. 17, the NYPD released a security camera
image of the Target shopper wanted in connection
with the July 18 robbery. He’s described as a man
with a dark complexion who wore a blue baseball
cap, a white shirt, light blue shorts and white
Anyone with information regarding either
suspect’s whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at
800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA).
Homeless man cuffed for
violent LES stabbing
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
A homeless man was
booked on attempted
Wednesday for allegedly stabbing
a 30-year-old man in the
chest during a dispute on the
Lower East Side last weekend,
Asaun Johnson, 24, allegedly
got into an argument with the
victim in front of an apartment
building at 204 Forsyth St. at
about 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 7.
The words turned violent,
cops said, when Johnson allegedly
went on the attack,
stabbing the victim in the chest
with a sharp object. The suspect
then fl ed the scene on foot in an
The incident was reported
to the 5th Precinct. EMS transported
the victim to Bellevue
Hospital, where he was listed
in critical condition.
Johnson was caught days
after the NYPD released video
footage of the stabbing suspect
in the vicinity of Stanton and
He was charged with attempted
murder, assault and
criminal possession of a controlled
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