MIDTOWN, Manhattan (PIX11) — A pair of robberies involving four or five men happened around the Vanderbilt Avenue and East 42nd Street entrance to Grand Central Station, police said on Tuesday in a plea for the public’s help in finding the suspects.
A man, 28, was walking toward the station entrance around 2 a.m. on Nov. 8 when four men walked up behind him and punched and kicked him, according to NYPD. The men tried to take the victim’s backpack but were unsuccessful, police said. They were last seen running north on Fifth Avenue. The victim was treated at a hospital for cuts on his face.
A similar incident took place when another man, 28, was attacked at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and East 42nd Street by five men around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, police said. The group surrounded the victim and demanded money before snatching the victim’s iPhone 13 from his pants pocket and punching him in the face. They were last seen running east toward Lexington Avenue.
Police said they are looking for four to five thin-built individuals in their late teens or early 20s who were last seen wearing hooded jackets and face masks.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.