Knife-wielding robbers in Brooklyn sought for five robbery bids in five days

One of the two suspects wanted for his role in an active knifepoint robbery pattern in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Detectives are searching for two suspects involved in a series of knifepoint robbery attempts on the streets of Brooklyn over a five-day span.

Cops released on Tuesday video footage of one crook involved in the pattern affecting the Bushwick area. The five robberies occurred between Feb. 19 and Feb. 23, with one or two suspects approaching the victims, displaying a knife and demanding cash.

Victims in two of the incidents wound up being slashed while attempting to flee or struggle with the suspects, authorities noted.

Police said the first mugging took place at 11:20 p.m. on Feb. 19 in front of a home on Ridgewood Place near Woodbine Street.

According to law enforcement sources, a suspect approached from behind a 27-year-old man walking through the area, then placed a knife to his throat and demanded cash. The victim shoved the crook and tried to flee, but was slashed for his trouble.

Cops said the crook fled through a nearby parking lot on Wyckoff Avenue without any property. The victim suffered two minor cuts but refused medical attention.

The second caper took place at 4:10 p.m. on Feb. 20, when two unidentified suspects approached a 39-year-old man walking along Irving Avenue near Greene Avenue.

Police reported that the suspects displayed a knife and demanded cash. After the victim told them that he had no money, they fled the scene empty-handed. 

The next evening, the two bandits robbed a 19-year-old man as he rode his bike in front of an apartment house on Irving Avenue near Stockholm Street at 10:35 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Cops said one of the suspects displayed a knife and told the victim, “Give me all your money!” The second crook then forcibly removed $300 in cash from the victim’s pockets. The duo then fled in an unknown direction.

One of the robbers then attempted to hold up a 31-year-old man in front of an apartment building on Stanhope Street near Irving Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. 

According to police, the perpetrator displayed a knife and demanded the victim’s money. But the robbery attempt was interrupted by a passerby, which allowed the victim to flee westbound on Stanhope Street. Cops said the crook then fled in the opposite direction.

Finally, two bandits robbed and attacked a 26-year-old man as he walked at the corner of Knickerbocker and Greene Avenues — about two blocks north of the 83rd Precinct stationhouse — at 1 a.m. on Feb. 23. 

Authorities said the suspects approached the victim, displayed a black knife and demanded money. As one of the perpetrators tried to forcibly removed property, the victim pushed him away. The other robber then stabbed the victim in the left leg.

The two suspects fled in an unknown direction. Cops said the victim suffered a serious stab wound, and was treated at NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull.

On Feb. 25, the NYPD released video footage of the prime suspect, whose image was captured on nearby security cameras following the Stanhope Street robbery attempt. 

Police describe him as an 18-year-old man with a medium complexion, short dark hair and brown eyes, standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants, a blue hooded sweatshirt and gray sneakers.

His accomplice, not photographed, was described as a man with a dark complexion, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). Tips may also be submitted online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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