A 50-year-old man was jumped by a group of four people who dragged him and stole his wallet and phone, police said.
He was in front of a Claremont apartment building near Sheridan Avenue and East 168th Street around 1:15 a.m. on October 18, 2017 when he was attacked, officials said. One man jumped on his back, grabbed him by his neck and dragged him from behind.
A second man came up and took the victim’s iPhone 8, which is valued at about $700, police said. Another man took the victim’s wallet, which contained bank cards and a MetroCard. A fourth man acted as a lookout.
The attackers fled the scene on foot. One of the victim’s bank cards was used shortly after at the 167th Street B and D train station. It was used to buy a $122 MetroCard.
Police have asked for help identifying the attackers. The first man was wearing a varsity-style jacket with a distinctive design on the back, including “Japan” and a tiger.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1–800–577–TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1–888–57–PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers’ website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All tips will be kept strictly confidential.