Caught on video: Robbery suspect traps woman in subway turnstile in Rego Park, Queens


NEW YORK – Police are looking for a robbery suspect caught on video trapping a woman inside a subway turnstile.

It happened shortly before midnight Tuesday at the 63rd Drive-Rego Park station.

Surveillance video shows the 26-year-old entering the turnstile when the man comes up from behind and pulls him in the opposite direction to enter with her. The victim tries to fight back, while the suspect imposes himself on her.

The struggle lasted more than a minute before police said he grabbed his wallet from his hand and ran from the station.

“It’s horrible, because I always take the train,” a subway rider told CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook.

“The community is not the same as before. I feel like I am much more on alert,” added another runner.

According to the police, the victim was not injured.

“I just think it’s disgusting the way the city has become. I take the subway every day,” said one passenger.

“You just have to be alert and keep your head on a pivot,” said Rego Park resident Roberto Lorenzo.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.




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