NYPD arrests mugger, age 13: Continues search for 10-year-old accomplice

NYPD arrests mugger, age 13: Continues search for 10-year-old accomplice
Central Park Mugging Trio
Central Park Mugging Trio

They’re certainly learning their craft young. MyFoxNY.com reports that on Friday New York’s Finest slapped the cuffs on a mugger who had tried to rob a woman in Central Park earlier in the week. The thief’s identity has not been revealed because of her age: 13.

She attempted the heist abetted by two accomplices, one of whom is even younger — a 10- to 11-year-old black male who is described as about 4 feet, 5 inches tall and wearing a beige striped fleece. He and the third perpetrator, a 14-year-old black female, are still at large.

According to MyFoxNY:

The victim, a 38-year-old woman, was in the area of Fifth Ave. and East 107th Street when she was approached by a girl demanding her cell phone Monday night, police said….

When the woman refused, a second child grabbed her pocketbook, but was unable to pull it away.

The children and a third person ran off. Surveillance photos of the trio were released on Thursday.

While the failed mugging was in progress, a second group of pre-teens an hour away were captured on surveillance video (below) pointing a gun at pedestrians on a North Philadelphia street. CBS Philly writes:

According to police, a 27-year-old man was approached by a group of males on the 3300 block of North 16th Street.

Police say one of the males then reached into his backpack, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim saying, ‘Hey, buddy.’

The victim ran into a house and called 911 while the suspect fled south toward Allegheny Avenue.

About 20 minutes later, police say a minor was seen on surveillance video approaching a female and pointing a handgun at her. Police say the woman put her hands up as if she was being robbed, but continued to walk away.

The youngest suspect, a 10-years-old, turned himself in on Wednesday night. Police continue their hunt for two additional minors. Police are now saying that the gun was either a toy gun or a BB gun.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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