A group of kids between the ages of 12 and 14 are being questioned by officers after they apparently went on a violent mugging spree in Central Park on Monday.
The group of boys, one of whom had a wooden bat, first accosted a 32-year-old man near the park’s entrance. When they demanded the man hand over cash, he refused and was subsequently punched in the face before the suspects ran off.
An officer says “One of them displayed a stick and started demanding money. Then one of the kids punches this guy in the face, and they take off without getting anything.”
Cookie Weir, who says she saw the incident, said “His knees and everything were bleeding. He had shorts on and a backpack.”
The kids then accosted two women and stole one’s iPhone and another’s iPod.
Police caught up with at least one of the kids and later detained the rest of the group.
The kids are now being questioned and reports say they will be charged with assault and robbery.
The two victims wearing jogging gear left the precinct on Monday, telling reporters “We already had enough trauma this morning. We’ve already been through enough.”
One parkgoer said “It’s terrible, terrible. We never have anything like that. I hope something will be done.”
Another woman said “It’s very scary. Obviously, you give whoever whatever they want. Nothing’s worth it.”
Another man said “When I’m here, there are plenty of people, lots of kids in the park, and I’m not concerned about safety.”
One dogowner said “Sometimes, we’re alone, and yeah, sometimes I do feel a little bit threatened. I think you’re always on your guard a little bit. If you’re a New Yorker, you are.”