Police say the person who stabbed a man on the Upper West Side during a robbery on Thursday is the same suspect involved in four other violent encounters this week.
Rondell Smith, 21, has been arrested and charged with robbery for four incidents, plus menacing in a fifth, between February 17th and February 19th. The NYPD detailed them:
- On February 17th, 2016, at 6:40 a.m., police say a 70-year-old man walking his dogs on West 90th Street was approached by Smith who "asked him what time it was. After being told the time, Smith opened his jacket, revealing the handle of a black firearm. The victim fled and there were no reported injuries.
- February 17th, 2016, at 5 p.m.: A 13-year-old boy walking on West 89th Street was allegedly approached by Smith, who "threatened him with a knife and then removed an undetermined amount of money from the victim."
- February 18th, 2016, 2:30 p.m.: A 34-year-old man walking on Broadway was allegedly asked by Smith "where Columbus was. The victim told him and Smith replied asking for $50 dollars. The victim said no and Smith threatened to shoot him. Smith then forcibly removed the victim's wallet from his pants and fled."
- February 18th, 2016, 4:55 p.m.: A 33-year-old man walking in front of 105 West 88th Street was, the NYPD says, allegedly "approached from behind by" Smith, who then "placed a knife to his neck and demanded his property. The victim complied giving the unknown male his Apple Kindle and Apple headphones, a struggle ensued and the unknown individual stabbed the victim in the upper back."
- Yesterday, at 2:05 a.m., a 25-year-old man was robbed on the northbound platform of the #2 train at the 96 Street station. Police say Smith was "armed with a box cutter and simulated having a gun, then fled on the #2 train, north bound." The victim notified police, who apprehended Smith at at 149 Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx.