Police are looking for a group of young men who they say are responsible for at least four robberies in TriBeCa.
The first incident took place on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 8:15 p.m. in front of 204 Varick St., when several males tugged on the jacket of a 23-year-old man who was walking by and punched him before fleeing with the victim’s bag, which only contained culinary utensils, police said. The victim wasn’t seriously injured, police said.
Police released video of the men recorded after the first incident.
The group chose a second victim, a 25-year-old man just 15 minutes later at the corner of Wooster and Spring streets, police said. There, they approached the victim and tried to take his wallet and AirPods, but the man resisted and the group split up and fled, police said.
The group returned to the area on Wednesday, Oct. 30 around 7:40 p.m., when they surrounded a 23-year-old man in front of 31 Mercer St. They took four grocery bags and about $30 in cash before running off, police said.
Police also released a video of the group near 31 Mercer St. prior to the incident.
Then, just 10 minutes later that same night, the group surrounded a 30-year-old man opposite of 8 Thompson St., where they punched, kicked and choked the victim before taking the headphones off his head and removing his coat, police said. The victim complained of neck and back pain but refused medical treatment, officials said.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the males is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are kept strictly confidential.