EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (PIX11) — The police are asking for the public’s help as they look for 12 suspects who they say robbed a young couple in the East Village.
It was a mob of at least eight males and four females who police said robbed the young couple on East 12th Street near Avenue C on Sept. 17 around 3:45 a.m.
The suspects were captured on surveillance cameras. The NYPD on Sunday released surveillance images of nine of the suspects.
“It’s insane. My kids go to school right here,” a father who didn’t want to give his name told PIX11 News. “Living here in this neighborhood, you want a nice place for your kids to go to school. It’s insane.”
The 22-year-old female victim and the 23-year-old male victim had just left a bar at Eighth Street and Avenue C when they encountered the gang four blocks later, police said. At least one suspect displayed a weapon, according to the NYPD.
“Give me your stuff,” someone in the group said, according to police.
That’s when police said members of the group forcibly removed the victims’ cellphones, purses, wallets and debit cards.
“They are not from around here,” a neighbor told PIX11 News as he looked at the photos released by police. “People around here have a certain attitude. They look transient like they’re just passing through.”
The female victim suffered minor injuries, police said. Both victims refused medical treatment at the scene.
Police said the mob of 12 people fled on foot in an unknown direction.
“This neighborhood is good. You can tell who’s who,” a neighbor called Larry told PIX11 News. “I don’t know any of these people whatsoever,”