Times Square pickpocket hurls man down flight of stairs at subway station: cops

Times Square pickpocket photo at subway station
The pickpocket who shoved a man down a flight of stairs at the Times Square subway station on Feb. 20, 2024.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons, tdurante10/Inset courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for the pickpocket who threw a man down a flight of stairs at the Times Square subway station while stealing from him last week.

The NYPD released on Saturday night an image of the thief responsible for the attack that occurred at 4:29 p.m. on Feb. 20 inside the transit hub.

According to law enforcement sources, the suspect approached from behind the victim, a 59-year-old man, as he ascended up a staircase inside the station. The perpetrator then reached into the victim’s pocket, which caught the man’s attention and led to a physical struggle.

Seconds later, cops said, the pickpocket shoved the victim down the stairs, then subsequently removed the man’s Cartier watch, valued at $6,000, as well as $1,000 in cash. The crook then took off on foot out of the station, heading to parts unknown.

The incident was reported to the Midtown South Precinct and NYPD Transit District 1. Police said the victim sought treatment via private means at a doctor for minor injuries.

Police described the pickpocket as a man with a dark complexion who wore a black face mask, a dark-colored jacket, blue jeans and red-and-white sneakers.

Photo of Times Square pickpocket
Photo courtesy of NYPD

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.