Crime Watch

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By Rebecca Harris and Amanda Woods

Purse Snatch
A 33-year-old woman was taking a midnight stroll on the way to her East 90th Street home Tuesday morning when three women attacked her, knocking her to the ground in front of 303 E. 90th St. The three fled with the woman’s pink purse, containing her $220 iPhone, her New York State identification cards, credit cards from HSBC and Chase banks and an American Express card. None of the items were recovered.

Duane Reade Debacle
Pregnancy tests were only some of the items two men made off with when they robbed a Duane Reade store on Second Avenue on Sunday at 3 a.m. They made out with $10,747 worth of items from the store, also snatching cigarettes, Motrin, Aleve, Advil and condoms. Police are looking for a 5-foot-10 man who was wearing beige jeans and a black T-shirt at the time of the incident and a 5-foot-9 man who was wearing a green hat and blue jeans.

Taxi Attack
A taxi driver was dropping a passenger off on the northeast corner of Second Avenue and East 89th Street on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. when, out of nowhere, someone struck a blow to his face. Police describe the attacker as a black man with a small Afro who was driving a red hatchback car. The taxi driver suffered a small laceration on his mouth.

Punch and Run
A man who saw his girlfriend get punched in the face by another young woman was probably not expecting the catfight he was witnessing to turn into a physical assault. The couple confronted a 24-year-old woman in an adjacent apartment with a noise complaint in the East 83rd Street residential building Sunday, according to the police report. The verbal dispute escalated to an unexpected assault when the perpetrator proceeded to hit the 33-year-old female victim across the face, resulting in a small gash on the victim’s forehead. The woman who threw the punch fled in an unknown direction. The victim required medical attention when police arrived on the scene.

Thief in Disguise
A robber who impersonated an electric utility worker to enter an apartment Sunday morning stole a lock off a storage trunk—but nothing from inside the trunk. According to the police report, the perpetrator entered the apartment of an 80-year-old woman who does not speak English under the guise of checking the volt meters in her East 83rd Street residence. The fake electrician broke the lock—described by police as an antique Asian lock valued at $50—and stole it, damaging the trunk but leaving its contents undisturbed. There was no description of the perpetrator in the police report and the stolen property has not been recovered.

Apartment Robbery
When a 21-year-old woman answered a knock on her door to two unfamiliar men, it became immediately apparent that they were there to rob her. “Give me the money, this is a stickup,” one of the perpetrators informed her. The men pushed their way into her East 65th Street apartment Monday, using weapons to subdue the victim when she fought back, according to the police report. One of the perpetrators struck the victim on her forehead with a gun, while the other stabbed her with a box cutter, inflicting wounds on her forearm and upper thigh. The men, who wore jeans and baseball caps, fled on foot, taking only a Blackberry cell phone. The victim hailed a cab to the hospital to seek treatment.

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