MANHATTAN — A subway-riding thief with a penchant for yanking chains off women’s necks is wanted, police said Saturday as they released photos of the culprit and asked for the public’s help to track him down.
The man first struck shortly after 8 p.m. July 27 on a downtown F train near the East Broadway station, NYPD said. It was where that the man sidled up to a 29-year-old woman and tried to pull her chain off her neck, police said. The attacker was unsuccessful and ran away empty handed.
He again tried to rip the chain off a woman shortly before noon July 30. That time, he targeted a 26-year-old riding an uptown F train near the 23rd Street station. The chains fell on the floor and the culprit ran away without the jewelry, police said.
Days later on Aug. 7, he struck again. That day about 2:30 p.m. on a southbound F train near the East Broadway station, he grabbed the chains off a 74-year-old woman’s neck and ran away with her jewelry, police said.
The repeat culprit is described as a black male between the ages of 30 to 37, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and between 250 to 310 pounds.
Anyone with information in the case is urged to call NYPD’s anonymous Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.