Five teenagers were taken into custody following a Tuesday night robbery in Middle Village, police reported.
Authorities stated that the two victims were traveling through Juniper Valley Park at approximately 10:25 p.m. when they were approached by the five suspects. One of the perpetrators reportedly displayed a knife and demanded the victims’ cellphones.
During the course of the robbery, the group attacked the teens and removed their iPhones before fleeing from the scene, authorities said.
Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the incident; the victims suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
Police apprehended the five perpetrators in the area of 69th Street and Metropolitan Avenue shortly after the incident. They were identified as Jonathan Perez 18, from the Bronx; Kenneth Cabrera 18, of Glendale; Justin Santos 19, of Middle Village; a 17-year-old male, of Maspeth; and a 15-year-old male from New Britain, Connecticut.
Each suspect was charged with robbery.