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Attempted robber wearing ‘RESPECT’ hat attacks man, breaks arm in Lower Manhattan

The robber sporting a "RESPECT" hat attacked a man when he refused to hand over money on Sept. 22. (NYPD)

The robber sporting a “RESPECT” hat attacked a man when he refused to hand over money on Sept. 22. (NYPD)

LOWER MANHATTAN — An attempted robber wearing a “RESPECT” hat broke a man’s arm when he refused to hand over money in Lower Manhattan, police said.

A 20-year-old man was waiting for his Uber ride on Sept. 22 on 3:40 a.m. when the would-be robber sporting a “RESPECT” hat rode his bicycle next to him and demanded he hand over cash. The man refused and walked into the Varick and West Houston Streets subway station, police said.

The attempted robber followed him and got into a verbal dispute with the man. He then threw the man over the subway turnstile and broke his arm, according to police.

The attacker fled the station while the man was taken to the hospital.

Police said the would-be robber with the “RESPECT” hat is described as a man with light complexion, between 20 to 30 years old with brown eyes and black hair.

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