There have been three late-night muggings in Central Park this week, according to police.
The first occurred at about 11:15 p.m. on Monday night, near West 96th Street and West Drive. A 33-year-old Queens man was walking along the West Drive when he was approached by four teenaged men. One allegedly brandished a gun, and the group grabbed his backpack, which contained two cell phones, credit cards, and a harmonica.
A second mugging, potentially connected to the first, occurred just a few minutes later near the Central Park Reservoir. Two women ages 45 and 26 were taking a stroll on the jogging path near 91st Street and West Drive at around 11:35 p.m. when four teenaged men approached them, brandished guns, and stole their purses. The suspects fled on foot.
And earlier this morning, two armed men are accused of robbing a man at around 3 a.m. at West 70th Street and Central Park West. They stole the victim's cash, his iPhone, and his shoes before fleeing the scene.
Over the summer, it was reported that crime was up 26 percent in Central Park, and though the area is on the whole much safer than it was several decades ago, late-night muggings are not uncommon.