A 26-year-old man was violently mugged by teens while attempting to take photos with his phone in Central Park yesterday evening, according to police.
Cops say the victim was taking photos on the Great Hill, one of the highest points in the park, near West 106th Street and West Drive at around 5:30 p.m. yesterday when three teenaged boys approached him from behind. One teen allegedly demanded the victim's cellphone, and when he refused to yield it, the boys pushed him to the ground and punched him in the head and face, according to police.
The suspects then swiped the man's cell phone and wallet before fleeing westbound on West 106th Street. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.
Cops say they have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection to the attack, and have charged him with robbery and criminal possession of stolen property.
Yesterday's attack follows an incident on Monday in which a Swedish tourist was punched in the face shortly after midnight by a mugger in Central Park. Police arrested one suspect, a 20-year-old Bronx man, though the second is still at large.