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Apartment building robberies leave Washington Heights residents on edge and worried about safety

NEW YORK — A pair of armed robberies final week has sparked frustration and safety issues for neighbors in Washington Heights.

The first theft occurred at Riverside and West 156th Street, the place CBS2’s Tim McNicholas reported from on Monday.

The house building in question has a 24-hour doorman and safety cameras. None of that was sufficient to cease a person with a gun from robbing somebody proper outdoors in broad daylight.

Police say a person robbed a 64-year-old of his pockets at round 2 p.m. on Tuesday and then ran to the West 157th and Broadway prepare station about a block away.

“I was shocked to hear about it. In the seven years I’ve lived here, I felt so safe,” neighbor Carol Anne Herlihy mentioned.

Herlihy mentioned she realized about the theft from a building-wide alert.

“Apologies for the nature of this report, but it is imperative our building is aware of an alert regarding the rise in crime outside and around 790 Riverside Drive,” Herlihy mentioned, describing what the alert mentioned.

Video obtained by CBS2 seems to point out the suspect lurking outdoors the building proper earlier than the theft occurred.

Word rapidly unfold throughout the road, the place neighbor Wendee Corsino has lived for greater than 30 years. She mentioned she would not really feel protected.

“No, absolutely not. I go to work different hours of the day, sometimes early mornings, late evenings, and I’m always afraid,” Corsino mentioned.

Police mentioned the suspect hopped on a northbound prepare to one hundred and eightieth and Fort Washington, the place he stole a lady’s purse at gunpoint simply after 3:30 p.m.

“It’s frightening. It’s almost like they’re hopping on, just moving from location to location and just terrorizing our city,” Corsino mentioned.

Back on Riverside Drive later that very same day, a lady reported a person tried to assault her within the vestibule of a building simply south of the place the primary theft occurred.

All of it has been a wake-up name for neighbors.

“I think I should be a little more awake, a little more alert,” Herlihy mentioned.

“Maybe we need some foot patrol. Go back to old school policing where you knew your neighborhood police officer, so that might help,” Corsino added.

The area people board is holding a digital meeting on Monday night time at 7 p.m. Neighbors plan to talk up about their safety issues and they hope to speak about options.

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