Suspect wanted in string of robberies at Lower East Side businesses

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LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) -- Police are searching for a man they say is connected to robbing several businesses on the Lower East Side over the last month.

The first incident occurred Jan. 21 at the Goldwater Boutique at 84 E. 7th St. The suspect entered the store and demanded money from an employee. He then ran out after getting the cash and met an accomplice who was waiting outside. No one was injured.

Two days later the suspect, this time by himself, went into Bond Street Chocolate and removed $250 before fleeing. Since then, he has struck several businesses including an art gallery and clothing stores. In each case, he brandishes a knife to employees and demands money. Police say the suspect has struck six times.

The most recent robbery occurred Monday, Feb. 23 around 7:15 p.m., at Molton Brown on 128 Spring Street. He made off with $400.

Police describe the suspect as being in his 30s and being between 5-foot-8 and 6-feet. A sketch has been released of the man of interest police are looking for.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.