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Pair sought for mugging women inside Manhattan apartment buildings

The man and woman sought for two robberies in Manhattan apartment buildings on Jan. 22. (Photos courtesy of NYPD)

Detectives need the public’s help in finding two robbers who attacked women inside two Manhattan apartment buildings on the same day last week.

Both attacks took place within 90 minutes of each other on the night of Jan. 22, according to police.

Law enforcement sources said the first robbery occurred at 8:17 p.m. inside a residential building near the corner of West and Morris Streets in Battery Park City.

According to authorities, the muggers followed a 29-year-old woman off an elevator and asked her for the time. They grabbed her cellphone and purse before running out of the building, heading eastbound on Morris Street.

On Jan. 27, the NYPD released photos of the duo — a man and woman — shortly after the incident entering the turnstiles of the Fulton Street 1 train station.

Cops said the pair struck again at 9:50 p.m. on Jan. 22, robbing a 39-year-old woman inside an apartment building near the corner of East 19th Street and Park Avenue South in Gramercy.

This encounter was more violent, police noted, as the suspects threw the victim to the floor and punched her in the face. The culprits grabbed her cellphone and $1,200 in cash from her purse, then headed for the exits. 

Authorities said the pair were last seen heading eastbound along East 19th Street.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website or send a direct message on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Robert Pozarycki