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Police Blotter: Avenue A ass-ault; Canal St. armed robbery; Punched over purse in Soho; More AirPods ride-bys

Pain in the butt

A 57-year-old man was stabbed in the buttocks in the East Village in broad daylight, police said.

On Tues., April 25, around 11 a.m., the victim was in front of 85 Avenue A, at E. Sixth Street, when a stranger assaulted him from behind, in the behind, with an unknown object. The attacker fled down the avenue southbound on foot. The victim was removed by E.M.S. to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

The suspect is described as a male between the ages of 40 and 50, around 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue hat, blue hooded sweatshirt, tan pants and white sneakers.

A police spokesperson could not immediately say what the motive was behind the incident.

Police ask that anyone with information call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at or on Twitter @NYPDTips. Tips can result in rewards of up to $3,500. All tips are strictly confidential.

A surveillance photo of one of the alleged Canal Street robbers. (NYPD)

Gunpoint robbery

An elderly electronics store employee was pistol-whipped in an early-morning robbery, according to cops.

Police said that on Fri., April 21, around 7:30 a.m., two males entered an electronics store at Canal and Mercer Streets and approached a 72-year-old employee. One of them brandished a gun and struck the worker in the back of the head with it. Meanwhile, his sidekick snatched roughly $1,500 from the man’s wallet. The pair also tried but failed to forcibly open a safe inside the store before fleeing. The victim was treated by E.M.S. at the scene.

The suspects dressed in dark clothes and wore hoods and face masks.

Police ask that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers.

Police are looking for this guy in connection with an attempted purse robbery. (NYPD)

Soho bag battle

A young woman managed to hold onto her purse, even after a robber struck her in the face during an attempted robbery in Soho, police said.

According to cops, on Mon., April 10, around 6 p.m., a 25-year-old woman was approached by a stranger in front of 20 Greene St., between Grand and Canal Streets. The man tried to grab the victim’s purse from her shoulder, but she didn’t let go. During the struggle, the thief hit the victim in the face multiple times. He wasn’t unable to steal anything before fleeing eastbound on Canal Street. The victim suffered minor injuries.

Police described the suspect as a male between 25 to 30 years old, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing eyeglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black-and-gray Nike sneakers and carrying a green bag over his shoulder with “SUPREME” written in white letters on it.

Police ask that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers.

An e-bicycle built for two…AirPods Max poachers. (NYPD)


An e-bike riding duo has been snatching twentysomethings’ headphones right off their heads, police said.

In the first incident, on Thurs., April 6, around 5:30 p.m., a 27-year-old woman was walking in front of 286 W. Houston St., between Hudson and Greenwich Streets, in Hudson Square, when two guys on a gray CitiBike swiped her headphones off the top of her head. The perps then whizzed off west on Houston Street. The woman was uninjured. The victim said her headphones cost $549.

A few days later, on Tues., April 11, just after 4:30 p.m., a 23-year-old woman was walking along Park Avenue South at 21st Street when the same duo riding a gray, electric CitiBike did a swoop-’n’-swipe of her headphones. She was unhurt. She told police her headphones were worth $500.

In both cases, it sounds like the headphones might have been the trendy “over ear” AirPods Maxes, which retail for around $500, and which have recently been targeted by robbers on mopeds and e-bikes.

Police ask that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers.

One Comment

  1. JAL JAL April 28, 2023

    Presumably the alleged perpetrators on Citibike did not have a credit card to access Citibike…so how did they get the bike?

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