Police hunting for violent robbers attacking straphangers in the Bronx

Posted at 9:50 PM, Feb 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-20 21:51:45-05

Grand Councourse Station, The Bronx – Police are searching for a group of suspects responsible for three violent robberies on the D line at the East 175th Street and Grand Concourse station in the Bronx.

The suspects work in groups of three to eight people.  Police say they approach the victims, and punch them before stealing from them.

The disturbing pattern began on Dec. 26, just before 10:30pm.  One of the suspects approached a 37-year-old man from behind and put him in a chokehold, while two others punched him in the face and stole his cell phone and cash, according to police.

Police say on Jan. 10, just before 9:30PM, three suspects followed a 32-year-old man walking to the southbound platform, and then punched and robbed him.

The most recent incident, and particularly vicious attack, happened at 6:30PM on Jan. 19.  A 23-year-old woman was approached by seven men.  One of them grabbed her phone from her hand and punched her.  Police say when she tried to hold him, he choked her and pushed her down the stairs.

Police have released sketches of two of the suspects.  One of them is described as a male black,  17 to 20 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and 160 pounds.  He was wearing a True Religion blue denim jacket with a horseshoe emblem, a True Religion red wool ski hat also with a horse shoe emblem in blue stitching, and loose fitting blue jeans.  The other suspect  is described as a male Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old, five feet nine inches tall to six feet tall with a medium build.  He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a dark striped shirt.  And, he had a very light beard.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.