KEY POINTS

  • The group of robbers has stolen cellphones, money, clothing and bikes
  • None of their victims were harmed even after the group brandished weapons
  • Surveillance videos of the crimes have been released
  • Authorities are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the group's members

A group of armed robbers has been sowing chaos on the Upper West Side and in Central Park by stealing money, cellphones and Citi Bikes while brandishing and using weapons.

The group first attacked on the evening of March 13. It targeted a 13-year-old boy who was helpless and could not do anything to stop them. Members of the group followed the victim to his house, where they shoved him down onto the ground and took the boy's L.A. Dodgers hat. According to a report from the New York Post, the boy was relatively unharmed by the incident.

The group's second attack took place in the afternoon of March 17. The group brandished a knife while attacking two men, aged 25 and 26, who were riding Citi Bikes in Central Park. "That's our bike!" the group yelled at the two men. One of its members then pulled out a knife as the group approached the two men. It ended up taking the two Citi Bikes and the two men were left unharmed, police said.

The group's third attack occurred on Tuesday evening. The robbers brandished a gun at two boys, aged 14 and 15, and robbed them. One of the group's members flaunted a gun that was in one of their waistbands and took a sweatshirt and the cell phones of the two teenagers. Police said the teenagers were not harmed.

Two hours after the third attack, the group went into a residential building and stole an electric scooter, according to New York Daily News.

Under two hours after the group stole the electric scooter, they went up to a 27-year-old man near Central Park and stole his wallet, which contained $375, and his cellphone while threatening to stab him. Police stated that the man was unharmed.

The group then fled toward the south while one of them was riding the stolen electric scooter.

Surveillance footage was released and police are asking the public for help in uncovering the identities of the group's members and where they can be found.

In a similar incident from three months ago, a New York man stole $5 from a woman after threatening to hurt her with a knife. The man was eventually caught and arrested.

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