Thursday, December 1, 2016

Central Park: Three Charged In Nanny Robbery


By Geoffrey Croft

Three teenagers were charged in yesterday's brazen midday robbery of a nanny in Central Park.

The 50-year-old nanny was pushing a 22-month-old baby in a stroller at 12:40 p.m. in the park near 90th Street and Central Park West when they were approached from behind by three assailants including a 14-year-old girl.

The caretaker and child were coming across the park from speech therepy class on the eastside when one the muggers grabbed the woman’s bag out of the stroller.   

When the victim yelled, "Help me,"  she was pushed from behind and knocked to the ground by the girl. 

The assailants fled westbound out of the park with her purse.  

Police canvased the area and spotted suspects matching the description a few blocks away on Amsterdam and West 85th Street.

When police approached, one of the suspects, John Torres refused to be handcuffed and took off.  He ran to the roof of a building at 222 West 83rd Street a few blocks away and was apprehended by police after a foot chase.

Police recovered the woman’s stolen property including her credit card.

Three suspects were arrested.

John Torres, 19 of Manhattan was charged with Robbery, Possession of Stolen Property and Resisting Arrest.

Pedro Castillo, 19, of the Bronx was also charged with Robbery.

The 14-year-old girl was also charged with Robbery.   She has no priors and was processed as a juvenile.  She lives in the same 3rd Avenue building as Torres. 

The assailants were put in line ups but it appears they were not involved in other robberies in the park. 

Castillo has at least six priors including arrests for stolen property and petit larceny.

Castillo and Torres were arrested together on September 9th for marijuana possession.

Read More:

A Walk In The Park - November 30, 2016 

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