Choking suspect linked to string of Midtown robberies


Police are hunting for a man they believe committed three recent robberies in Manhattan — one at a synagogue and two others that turned violent.

Dressed in a gaudy red-and-white shirt, the man walked into the Millinery Centre Synagogue in Midtown on Aug. 14 and stole $500 in cash, police said. No one was hurt.

Police photo shows the suspect in a series of robberies in Manhattan.
The suspect in a series of robberies in Manhattan

Police said the robbery was an opportunistic theft and is categorized as one of the dozens of anti-Semitic attacks reported in New York this year.

The mugger got violent in later robberies when victims got in his way.

On Oct. 19, the suspect robbed a 47-year-old building maintenance worker on West 40th Street near Bryant Park, according to police. The mugger took the worker’s wallet and pushed him the ground, sending him to the hospital with a fractured elbow.

And on Friday, the suspect assaulted the manager of the Quality Meats restaurant on West 58th Street near Sixth Avenue, making off with $400, police said.

Video of the incident shows him choking the 35-year-old woman while wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red inner lining.

Police described the suspect as a 5-foot-8 black man in his 30s, weighing 180 pounds, with a medium complexion and medium build.

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