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Women Attack Senior

A senior citizen was set upon by a gang of women, apparently for no reason, police said. At 10:34 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, a 66-year-old man had just exited the train station and was walking home when he was hit from behind by a gang of six women outside 216 West 103rd Street. He fell during the assault, and the women kicked him about the face, causing a cut above his lip. EMS technicians arrived on the scene, and police searched the neighborhood but couldn’t find the women.

Couple Mugs Man

A couple held up an unsuspecting young man. At 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, a 22-year-old man accompanied a man and a woman to the rear of 589 Amsterdam Avenue, when the male partner in the couple pulled out a knife, police said. The 22-year-old handed over cash and his debit card to the robbers, who then fled into the rear of the building. The victim told police that the male mugger did not say anything during the robbery; he just displayed his knife. The victim sustained no injuries, and police couldn’t find the criminal couple in the area. The muggers got away with $60 in cash and a Capital One debit card.

Red Bull Shoplifter Sees Red

A Red Bull shoplifter became angry like a bull when confronted by a store employee. At 6:14 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, a 42-year-old man entered the Mani Market Place deli at 697 Columbus Avenue and took 23 cans of Red Bull, put them in his backpack and tried to walk out. A store employee, however, detained him and asked him to wait for police. The alleged shoplifter pushed past the employee, swinging at him. Officers, though, caught up to Daniel Baisley, who was arrested on robbery charges, police said. The value of the Red Bulls stolen came to $61.

Husband Arrested

A 41-year-old man was arrested on robbery, assault and other charges after his 28-year-old wife reported that he had slammed her to the ground and choked her inside their West 110th Street apartment, police said. Officers took William Rivera into custody shortly after the March 23 incident after his wife told them he had taken her cellphone, slammed her to the ground and then placed both hands around her neck and applied pressure, obstructing her breathing. The couple’s 4-year-old son was present in the room while his parents were fighting, she told officers. She was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital for observation.

IRS Phone Scam

Police remind the public that if someone claiming to represent the IRS calls up and asks for payment in gift cards, you are being scammed! At 5 p.m. on Monday, March 19, a woman living at 57 West 105th Street got a phone call from someone claiming to work for the IRS, stating that the woman owed the agency more than $4,000. The caller instructed her to buy an Apple gift card for $2,000, which she later did and gave the scammer the card number.

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