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Violent mugger crew targets men on Lower East Side, NYPD says

2019-09-17

A crew of violent muggers have beaten and robbed men walking the Lower East Side in the wee morning hours, cops said Monday.

One victim was beaten unconscious and three others were pummeled in the seven muggings reported since Aug. 24, which have netted the crooks wallets, cash and jewelry worth thousands, say cops.

In most cases, the victims — all men in their 20s and early 30s — were walking along Orchard, Stanton and Ludlow streets, near several nightspots,, between 11:45 p.m. and 3 a.m.

On Aug. 24, four men jumped a 27-year-old victim near Ludlow and Orchard streets, which run parallel. They knocked out the man and took his wallet and jewelry worth $3,000, said cops.

Two of the muggers beat another victim, 28, just before 3 a.m. on Aug. 25 on Stanton and Ludlow Sts. Four robbers attacked a 25-year-old man near E. 3rd St. and First Ave on Aug. 29 at about 11:45 p.m., and took cash and jewelry worth $2,400.

On Sept. 6, at about 1:45 a.m., two of the muggers struck again, robbing a 26-year-old man on Pitt St. by Broome St., steps from the 7th Precinct stationhouse.

Their last known robberies were Sept. 7, when they beat and robbed a 31-year-old man on Orchard and East Houston St. at 12:55 a.m. and then moved on to Ludlow and Rivington streets. where they mugged two men, both 23, at about 2:30 a.m.

Cops on Monday released photos of two of the suspects, and ask anyone with information about them to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.