In the past two weeks, three young Asian women have been followed from the 52nd Street subway station, pushed to the ground and have had their personal property stolen, said Sgt. David Porter, who spoke at the monthly police precinct 108 meeting on Tuesday.
All three muggings have occurred between 11:30 pm and 1:30am on either a Friday or Saturday night.
The police have yet to get a description of the man/men, since the women were approached from behind, before being knocked to the ground.
This latest wave of muggings is similar to what occurred last month in the heart of Sunnyside when five women were followed from the 40th Street subway station and mugged by 16-year-old Damari Morris, from Brooklyn. In that case, too, Asian women in their 20s were among the victims. The victims’ cell phones, iPods, mp3 players and cash were taken.
“We have the same problem at 52nd street as we did at 40th Street [station],” said Sgt. Porter. He is hopeful that the police are able to catch the perpetrator as quickly as they picked up Morris.
At the 108 police precinct meeting on Tuesday, Officer Joseph Kohart was awarded “cop of the month” for apprehending Morris after he committed his final robbery. Kohart arrested him outside of Burger King on Queens Blvd; Morris was then quickly identified by a victim.
Kohart’s arrest came just two weeks after Morris’ crime spree began.
Meanwhile, crime for the 108 precinct (which covers Sunnyside/Woodside and LIC) was down 12% for the 28-day period ending February 20—compared to the same 28 days one year ago.