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Robbed At Gun Point

Yankee Hat Tips Cops

By Joan Ward George

Sixteen year old Terrance Mitchell had a New York Yankee cap stuffed into his belt when officers of the 100 Precinct spotted him hanging around in a playground behind 71-15 Beach Channel drive in an area where teens gather to play basketball. Anti-crime police were nearby when they got the call to the same address relating an armed robbery taken place inside the elevator of that building on the eleventh floor at approximately 9 p.m. last Thursday.

According to Captain Gary Scirica, commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, the robbery victim told police that as he entered the elevator in the lobby two ski-masked men came up to him from behind and placed a semi-automatic weapon to the back of his head. The perpetrators then told their victim to remove his watch and Yankee cap. The two perpetrators then fled the robbery scene, after punching their victim several times causing bodily injury.

Police nabbed Mitchell within minutes of the crime only to find him with the victim’s Yankee hat in clear view and in possession of the weapon used in the robbery.

Although 16, Captain Scirica stated that Mitchell has been charged as an adult with robbery in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.

Mithcell’s partner in crime is still on the loose and being pursued by the 100 Precinct. Anyone with information as to the identity of the second robbery suspect is asked to call the 100 Precinct at 318-4200.

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