The police are searching for a man who is allegedly robbing people in Central Park after putting them in a chokehold.
The two incidents occurred this week: According to police, on Monday, August 18, just after midnight, a 47-year-old man near 74th Street and East Drive was approached from behind by someone who put him a chokehold. The suspect dropped the victim on the ground and took his backpack, which had $7 in cash, a debit card and two credit card. The suspect then fled.
Then, yesterday, at 12:25 a.m., the police say the suspect was chatting with a 47-year-old man near the same place, 74th and East Drive, and then put the victim in a chokehold. Again, after bringing the victim to the ground, the suspect took his bag, which had $140 and a debit card.
Police released a sketch of the suspect, who is described as being about 6'5". Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.