By Naeisha Rose
Cops were searching for a talkative thief who recently struck up a conversation with a woman before stealing her belongings at a Jamaica station, according to authorities.
The robbery occurred Oct. 26 at 4:43 a.m. at the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue station, law enforcement sources said.
According to authorities, the suspect — described as a black man between the ages of 25 to 30 — began speaking with the unidentified woman in an apparent attempt to distract her. Police said he allegedly tried to reach into her open handbag to remove her wallet, but failed.
He became more aggressive during his second effort, cops said. As they exited the subway station, the suspect allegedly grabbed the female victim by her neck, threw her to the ground, and removed her cell phone, according to police.
The woman was not seriously injured, police said.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose