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After sneaker robbery injures teen, three men on the loose, police say

Police are searching for three men accused of

Police are searching for three men accused of attempting to steal a pair of $140 sneakers from a teenager in an East Harlem subway station.

It was a sneaker sale gone wrong.

Police are searching for three men in connection with a sneaker robbery at an East Harlem subway station Friday evening that sent one teen to the hospital.

Using social media, two teenagers organized the sale of a pair of sneakers at the 125th Street subway station on Lexington Avenue in East Harlem at 5:20 p.m., authorities said. The merchandise handoff did not go as planned, according to the NYPD: Three unidentified men approached them on the northbound platform and attempted to snatch the shoes from the 17-year-old by force. The 18-year-old suffered a puncture wound to his arm when he intervened, police said. He dropped a bag containing a different pair of sneakers, worth approximately $140, which the three assailants picked up before fleeing the station.

Paramedics transported the 18-year-old to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights in stable condition, authorities said.

The three robbers were last seen wearing all black, according to the NYPD. One, a 20-year-old man standing at approximately 5-foot-8 and roughly 170 pounds, had short hair and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Another 20-year-old man, weighing about 150 pounds, had braided hair and glasses. A third, a man with short dark hair, was wearing a hooded jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477).


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