A short time ago, Pilgrim, the boutique at 70 Orchard Street was robbed and an employee inside assaulted. We’re on the scene and will have more details this evening.
UPDATE 7:08: P.M. – from The Lo-Down’s Jennifer Strom on the scene: A little over an hour ago, four suspects (three men and a woman) caused quite a scene on Orchard Street, between Broome and Grand.
According to witnesses at least some of the suspects went inside Pilgrim, a boutique at 70 Orchard, and allegedly stole a piece of jewelry. A scuffle followed between the suspects and the owners, Richard Ives and Brian Bennett. During the scuffle, a plate glass window was shattered and one of the suspects was pretty severely cut.
A chase ensued, with several people, including the chef at Cafe Katja running after the suspects. They tackled some of them in front of Congee Village on Allen Street. Also involved in the chase, the owner of another Orchard Street clothing store, The Cast. He had apparently kicked one or more of the suspects out of his store a short time earlier.
Three suspects are in custody; police are searching for a fourth. Ives and Bennett are hospitalized tonight. A canine unit was brought in to follow a trail of blood in front on Zarin’s Fabric on Grand Street.
More to come…