Man Claiming to Have a Gun Stole Tip Jar From Allen Street Ice Cream Store

soft swerve robbery

Security camera image from Soft Swerve.

There were some scary moments last night inside Soft Swerve, the ice cream store at 85 Allen St.

We’re told by co-owner Michael Tsang that a man walked in at about 10:45 p.m., claimed he had a gun and stole the shop’s tip jar. You can see the security camera image above (the time stamp is incorrect). The suspect had a brown paper bag over his hand; he never actually showed a gun.

During the incident, employees were threatened. Customers were in the store at the time. Tsang says they’re not exactly sure how much money was in the tip jar, but it was probably around $80.  Soft Swerve, located near Broome St. opened this past November.

If you have any information about this crime, call the 5th Precinct at (212) 334-0742.


Police Search For Suspects in August Shooting, Robbery on Essex Street


Police continue to look for two suspects after a man was shot in the leg and robbed on Essex Street during the summer.

It happened at 146 Essex St. (between Rivington and Stanton streets) on Aug. 9. At about 3:30 a.m., the 31-year-old victim was standing outside when he was approached by one of the suspects, who demanded the man’s jewelry. The victim fled but was pursued by the second suspect and shot.

The suspects then removed the jewelry from the wounded victim before fleeing northbound on Essex Street in a red BMW. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.

Cops have released surveillance video, which you can see here.  Police say one of the suspects was wearing a Metallica t-shirt, a baseball cap and had tattoos on both arms. The second suspect was wearing a multi-colored t-shirt and also had tattoos on both arms.

If you can help solve this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

Cops Seek Tips Following D Train Robbery


Police are asking for help in finding this man, who is wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery on a D train near Grand Street last month.

The incident happened at around 10:20 p.m. on July 12. The 25-year-old male victim said a man approached him on a northbound train, flashed a knife and demanded money. The victim handed over about $20 and the suspect got off the train at Grand Street.

The man wanted for questioning was wearing a gray and blue jacket, khakis and had sunglasses on his head.

If you can help solve this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Woman Robbed, Threatened by Man Posing as Uber Driver on the Lower East Side

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Police are looking for a man who posed as an Uber driver and threatened to hurt a passenger picked up on the Lower East Side.

The incident happened at around 1:30 p.m. on May 15. The victim, 24, had ordered an Uber car. She got in a black sedan that arrived at Mangin Street and FDR Drive a few minutes later. She knew something was wrong when the driver headed uptown, rather than taking her home to Brooklyn, as she had requested.

The man demanded money, and threatened to sexually assault and shoot her. The victim gave him an iPhone, wallet with $20 inside, a debit card and Metrocard, a jacket and a pair of gold earrings. According to cops, the woman escaped the car after the driver stopped for a red light on East 125th Street. She wasn’t injured.

Police describe the man as bearded, in his 30s with short hair and dark skin. If you know anything about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

Robbers Strike Five Lower East Side Restaurants

Still image from surveillance video/NYPD.

Still image from surveillance video/NYPD.

Police are trying to find two suspects wanted in connection with the robberies of four restaurants on the Lower East Side last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cops say they believe the same suspects are responsible for swiping a $2,000 bottle of cognac from Suffolk Arms, the new cocktail lounge, early last month.The other crimes took place over a 24 hour time period.

At about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, the robbers hit Dudley’s (85 Orchard St.), taking about $500 from the register. Then at 10 the following evening, they struck at Sheng Wang, the Chinese spot on Eldridge Street, just below Canal St. About $400, an iphone and an ipad were stolen. A half hour later, the duo entered Sing Fish Ball (21 Eldridge St.), taking $300. By 10:45 p.m., they’d moved on to Erin McKenna Bakery (248 Broome St.), swiping $1600. And then finally, the suspects targeted Kottu House on the same block, stealing $50.

If you have any information about these robberies, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

Cops Search For Three Suspects After Robbery in Delancey Street Station

delancey street subway suspects

Police are asking for help in locating three suspects wanted in the robbery of a 27-year old man in the Delancey Street subway station Feb. 28.

Gothamist reported that they sliced the victim’s back pocket open and then snatched a wallet and phone from the front pocket of a sweatshirt. It happened shortly after 5 p.m. as the victim entered the train station. One of the suspects reportedly opened the emergency exit and asked if the victim wanted to come through the doorway. He declined. But after passing through the turnstile, the man was shoved against a wall. The suspects then allegedly took the wallet and iPhone.

If you have information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

70-Year-Old Man Attacked, Robbed at Bowery Subway Station Friday

NYPD Photo.

NYPD Photo.

Cops are looking for a suspect who robbed a 70-year-old man at the Bowery subway station near Delancey Street Friday afternoon.

It happened just after 3 p.m. near the entrance to the J/Z Train. The suspect came up from behind, shoved the victim and knocked him to the ground. He then stole $200 and a Metrocard and fled.

The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for a cut and swelling on his forehead.

If you have any information about this crime, Call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Cops Look For Suspect in String of Lower East Side Muggings

NYPD Photo.

NYPD Photo.

Police are looking for a suspect wanted in the robbery and attempted robbery of several women on the Lower East Side.

This image was taken by a security camera before he targeted a 23-year-old woman in an apartment building elevator December 23 at Columbia and East Houston streets. He ran off with her purse. Cops believe he tried to take items from women in two other instances, but fled empty-handed.

The first incident happened December 15th in a building near Baruch Drive and East Houston Street. A 26-year-old woman was approached in the elevator, but she fought back and he took off. At a building on Henry and Montgomery streets, police say, the suspect followed a 30-year-old woman into a stairwell and grabbed her from behind. He demanded money but she refused. According to DNA Info, he fled after the woman threw hot tea at him. In another incident on December 28, the man put an 88-year-old woman in a head lock after she left the Western Union on Essex Street.  He attacked her in the entrance of her building lobby.

The suspect is described as between 30-35 years old, 6’0″ and 170 lbs. If you can help with this investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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