Second Central Park mugger punches girl on crutches and steals her cellphone throughout brazen daylight theft as crime spikes in NYC
- Bystander footage reveals a person showing to punch a girl for her cellphone earlier than operating off on Friday morning
- Police stated a very good Samaritan was capable of retrieve the telephone later however the mugger stays at massive
- The brazen mugging passed off as violent crimes have spiked within the metropolis
- Muggings alone are up 40 p.c this month from the identical time final 12 months
Police are in search of info on a person who was caught on bystander video making an attempt to steal a girl’s iPhone in Central Park Friday morning
Bystander video seems to indicate a brazen daylight mugging in Central Park on Friday as violent crime continues its spike in New York Metropolis.
A lady with a crutch beside her and her leg in a boot might be seen within the video sitting on a bench overlooking the Harlem Meer when the mugger strikes.
Clad in a purple hooded sweatshirt and blue Yankees cap, he makes a transfer for the 40-year-old girl’s iPhone.
She tries to struggle him off whereas hopping on one foot, however he punches her within the face with sufficient power to knock her hat to the bottom, and he begins to run off with the telephone.
A lady strolling her canine is then seen sticking her leg out to journey him as he runs previous, however is unsuccessful.
Not captured on digital camera, nevertheless, was the witness, police say, who confronted the mugger and retrieved the telephone for the girl.
The girl was sitting on a bench overlooking the Harlem Meer with a crutch beside her, police stated when the mugger approached her and went to seize her telephone
Police had no additional particulars on the nice Samaritan, however the mugger was capable of get away, and police are on the lookout for info that would result in his arrest.
He’s described as in his mid 40s, round 5-foot-5, weighing between 140 and 150 kilos with a skinny construct, mild complexion and light-weight grey facial hair.
The sufferer suffered minor accidents and refused medical consideration on the scene police stated.
The 2 struggled, and he might be seen punching the girl within the face earlier than operating off with the telephone
A lady strolling her canine makes an attempt to journey the mugger as he makes his escape. Whereas she is unsuccessful, police stated one other bystander off-camera was capable of confront the mugger and retrieve the telephone for the girl
Police ask that anybody with info on the mugger attain out to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1 (800) 577-8477.
The daylight mugging comes as violent crimes have elevated within the metropolis from the identical time final 12 months.
Robberies, which embrace muggings, have been up almost 40 p.c over the previous month, with 1,086 recorded in comparison with 782 in 2020, in line with NYPD crime information.
Crimes reminiscent of robberies have seen a spike in latest months, and have been up in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months
Assaults are up too, with 1,847 reported over the previous months, in comparison with 1,565 final 12 months, an 18 p.c improve.
Murders, nevertheless, are down 34 p.c, with 31 recorded prior to now month in comparison with 47 throughout the identical time final 12 months.