CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (PIX11)– Two teenagers who allegedly threatened and robbed a couple at Central Park playground less than two weeks ago were arrested Tuesday, according to the NYPD.
Police charged 17-year-old Jeffrey Valdez and a 14-year-old girl with robbery, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. The unnamed teenage girl also faces an assault charge, police said.
At around 9:30 p.m. on May 9, a 17-year-old girl was sitting with a 19-year-old man at Hecksher Playground, located in South Drive and West Drive in Central Park when a group of about 15 teens approached them, according to police. One of the suspects, the 14-year-old girl, got into a verbal dispute with the female victim, and then tapered and punched her in the face, cops said.
Police stated that as she was being attacked, Valdez allegedly took the victim’s purse and stole her iPhone cell phone. They said the group fled after taking away the victim’s cellphone.
This robbery was part of a violent string of attacks in Central Park that May weekend.