BY THE VILLAGE SUN | It’s just how they roll… .
Riding on two tiny wheels, a pair of teenage robbers have been mugging — or at least trying to mug — elderly women of their purses, according to police.
On Sat., Jan. 14, around 5:15 p.m., they struck in the East Village. A 76-year-old woman was walking eastbound on E. Sixth Street nearing Avenue A when two males on kick scooters traveling westbound zipped up and tried to wrest away her purse, causing her to fall to the ground. But the pair were unsuccessful in getting the handbag and kicked away on their scooters westbound toward First Avenue.
The victim suffered an injury to her left eye and swelling to her left wrist and was transported by E.M.S. ambulance to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
In a previous “kick-by mugging” that police are linking to the East Village one, the scooter duo struck in the Chelsea / Hell’s Kitchen area on Sat., Jan. 2, around 10:30 p.m. In that case, an 85-year-old woman was walking westbound on W. 34th Street toward Eighth Avenue when the rolling robbers approached, cops said. They snatched the victim’s purse from her hand, then kicked away heading northbound on Eighth Avenue.
The victim suffered a minor injury to her hand and was taken by E.M.S. to Lenox Health Greenwich Village in stable condition. The stolen purse contained a bank card, identification and personal documents.
Police released surveillance photos of both alleged suspects from before the first incident, taken from a nearby business’s security camera.
Police are asking anyone with information on either incident to 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 crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. Tips can result in cash rewards of up to $3,500. All tips are strictly confidential.