Sunday, June 7, 2015

Central Park: Suspect Wanted In Several Robberies Caught

Cecil Richards is led away in handcuffs from the Midtown North precinct Friday night.  There have been nine robberies in Central Park this year as of Sunday — four more than in the same time period in 2014 according to NYPD statistics.  (Photo: Angus Mordant/For New York Daily News)


By Geoffrey Croft

A man wanted for several recent robberies in Central Park was caught on Friday.

Police arrested parolee Cecil Richards, 55 of E. 30th Street who was also wanted in a series of mid-town robberies.

On May 23rd,  a 16-year-old was robbed in a brazen daytime robbery in Central Park. The incident occurred on a park path near 79th Street and Fifth Avenue at 4:00pm.  Richards sat next to the victim on a park bench and demand his money.  The thief got away with $18.

In another daytime robbery a 17-year-old male was walking inside Central Park in the vicinity of 60 Street and the East Drive on April 10, 2015, at 11:50am when Richards grabbed the victim by the shoulder and simulated he had a gun.  He demanded his money.

The thief got away with $ 20 dollars.

Richards has an extensive criminal background having been arrested more than 30 times, according to police.

Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect  Cecil Richards, 55 fleeing on East 60 Street after the April 10th robbery in Central Park.  (Image: DCPI)

Richardson was charged with attempted robbery, unlawful imprisonment, and harassment, police said.

He was also charged in six other incidents:

Read More:

CBS -  June 5,  2015

Crooks mug 27-year-old man in Central Park — hours after cops bust ex-con in robberies
New York Daily News - June 6, 2015  - By Rocco Parascandola, Thomas Tracy

New York Post -  June 5,  2015  - By Ben Feuerherd

A Walk In The Park - May 25, 2015  - By Geoffrey Croft

A Walk In The Park - April 15, 2015 - By Geoffrey Croft

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