BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) – Police are searching for a suspect wanted for robbing a 12-year-old boy of his cellphone in East New York on Sept. 24.

The victim was walking on Pennsylvania Avenue when the suspect approached him and wrapped his arm around him, according to authorities. The suspect then revealed the handle of a firearm and stole the cellphone, police said.

The suspect fled the scene on New Jersey Avenue, according to authorities. The boy was not injured.

Police describe the man as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jacket, black pants and white sneakers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Erin Pflaumer is a digital content producer from Long Island who has covered both local and national news since 2018. She joined PIX11 in 2023. See more of her work here.