Police search for pair of men wanted for Coney Island assault and robbery

Wanted: Police are searching for this man, who — with another unidentified perp — allegedly put a man in a chokehold and stole $250 from him on W. 17th Street between Neptune and Mermaid avenues on July 19.
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Police are searching for a pair of men who put another man in a chokehold and stole $250 cash from him on West 17th Street on July 19.

The assault and robbery occurred between Neptune and Mermaid avenues around 11:30 pm, when one of the perps grabbed the man from behind and the other went through his pockets and stole the cash, according to the report. The perps then threw the man to the ground and fled on foot on Mermaid Avenue towards West 16th Street, police said, adding that the man received treatment for his injuries at Coney Island Hospital.

Police describe one of the perps as having a beard and tattoos on his arms and neck, and added that he was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a black shirt, blue jeans, and black and white sneakers. Police did not have a description of the second man.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477 or in Spanish at (888) 577–4782. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All tips are confidential.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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