Man threatens to throw acid during ATM robberies

- Police in New York City are searching for a man who they say threatened women with acid during robberies at automatic teller machines.

Police say the first robbery occurred May 12 when a 22-year-old woman was approached by a man while using a Citibank ATM in Manhattan. Investigators say the man displayed a bottle of liquid and threatened to throw acid in her face if she didn't give him $1,000. Police say the victim gave the suspect cash and he fled the scene.

Investigators say the suspect approached a 36-year-old woman on May 29 at the same Citibank ATM with a similar threat involving liquid he claimed was acid. The victim gave him $500 before the man fled.

Police say both women weren't injured.

An investigation is continuing.

If you recognize the man in surveillance photos shared by the NYPD, you're encouraged to contact them at the Crime Stoppers hotline, website or via text:

1-800-577-TIPS (8477)
WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  The NYPD says all calls/texts are strictly confidential.

With the Associated Press

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