Robbery spree suspect targeted bank, deli before Union Square subway shooting: police


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Police released images of a robbery spree suspect Tuesday, a day after a subway passenger was shot during an attempted mugging on a crowded train near the Union Square station.

Monday’s shooting on a northbound N train wounded a 42-year-old man. Police said the victim was on the train just before 5 p.m. when another man took out a gun and demanded his cellphone.

As the victim handed over his phone, the man shot him in the left leg and fled empty-handed as the train was pulling into the Union Square station, police said.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
Police at the Union Square station after the shooting. Photo credit Roger Stern

Police said Tuesday that they believe the suspect is connected to two other robberies in Manhattan since Sunday.

Just minutes before the N train robbery, police said the same man walked into a TD Bank at Canal and Lafayette streets around 4:45 p.m. and pulled a gun on an employee at the teller counter.

The man allegedly told the worker, “I have a gun, give me cash.” The worker then handed $1,100 to the man, who took off down Canal Street, where he apparently boarded the N train at a station just a couple of blocks away.
The suspect. Photo credit NYPD

Police believe the man is also behind a robbery at a deli in Murray Hill on Sunday afternoon.

Police said the man walked into the deli at Lexington Avenue and E. 41st Street around 3:30 p.m. and held up a 42-year-old man who was ordering food.

The victim handed over his wallet as the man flashed a gun, police said.

The wallet had $45 in cash in it, and the thief told the man, “That’s it?” before fleeing empty-handed, according to police.

No injuries were reported in the bank and deli robberies, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIP.

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