NYPD: Central Park mugger used chokehold, then robbed two people

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Rob Nelson reports on the investigation into the Central Park choking attacks. (WABC)

Police are looking for a robber who struck twice in Central Park this week.

Just after midnight on Monday, the suspect allegedly placed a 47-year-old man in a chokehold near 74th Street and East Drive. The suspect threw the victim to the ground and stole his backpack, which contained cash, a debit card and two credit cards.

On Wednesday around the same time in the same area, police say the suspect started talking to another 47-year-old man, then put him in a chokehold, threw him to the ground and took his bag. The bag had $140 in cash and a debit card inside.

Police have released a sketch of the man they are looking for. He is described as about 6-foot-5, wearing a floppy hat pulled down over his forehead.

Anyone with information on the case should call 1-800-577-TIPS, submit a tip at http://WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or tex tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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