Bronx robber chokes victims

- Police in New York City were looking for a man wanted for choking two people during robberies.  The robberies both took place in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.

The first incident took place back on Sunday February 4.  At approximately 1 a.m., inside of a residential building at 3 Avenue and East 167 Street, the man approached the 48-year-old victim from behind, placed him a chokehold and took his wallet and phone before running away. The wallet had $60 and several credit cards. 

The latest incident was on Thursday April 12, at approximately 1 p.m. inside the same building.  The suspect approached the 68-year-old victim from behind, placed him a chokehold and dragged him to the staircase. The robber went through the victim's pockets and took his wallet and phone before running northbound on 3rd Ave. Among the items inside the victim's wallet were $300.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, 6'0" to 6'1"; last seen wearing a black knit cap or a balaclava, a red or orange hooded sweater with black writing on its chest, black sweatpants and multi-colored sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.  Police say that all calls are strictly confidential.

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