2004-07-16 / Community

Muggers Undone By Cellular Phone

By Brian Magoolaghan

Muggers Undone By Cellular Phone

Police corner the two teens accused of mugging a man at gunpoint on the A Train.Police corner the two teens accused of mugging a man at gunpoint on the A Train.

By Brian Magoolaghan

A pair of brazen teenage muggers was busted on the beach early last Friday morning just minutes after they robbed a man at gunpoint – thanks in part to a cellular phone, police said.

The two 16-year-olds, whose names were not released because they are minors, allegedly boarded the 5:30 a.m. shuttle at the Beach 116 Station and pounced on their victim while en route to the Beach 105 Street Station – throwing him to the floor and shoving a gun in his face.

The victim, who asked not to be identified, said the two teens frisked his pockets for cash and ripped his cellular phone off of his belt. Finally, the alleged muggers demanded cash and the victim handed them about $50. The teens yanked the victim’s gold chain from his neck, but the victim pleaded with them not to take what was a gift from his family, and the teens flung it down.

The teens fled on foot when the train arrived at the Beach 105 Station – but the victim told passengers who were boarding the train, who watched from the platform and saw the teens heading for the boardwalk.

The victim, meanwhile, told the conductor what happened and asked him to call police.

Officers from Transit District 23 and the 100 Precinct responded to the subway station and the boardwalk. Officers stopped two teens at Beach 101 Street, who had a duffle bag and were changing into new clothes under the boards. Police did not immediately recover the gun, which was later found buried in the sand nearby.

Officers brought the victim to Beach 101 Street to identify the teens, but he could not because he never got a good look at them, he told The Wave. Then a fast thinking sergeant gave the victim his cellular phone and had him dial the number to the phone that was stolen just minutes before; the phone in the teen’s possession rang.

It was unclear what charges the teens would face, at press time.

The victim, who said he was traumatized by the incident, urged people in similar situations to seek police assistance – whether or not they get their belongings back.

"If you’re a victim of a crime it’s important to report it," he said.

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