Image released of suspects in Bronx robbery spree that included 5 assaults in 1 hour

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Friday, July 24, 2015

FORDHAM (WABC) -- Police in the Bronx are searching for three men wanted for a series of violent robberies, and they are hoping a new surveillance image will lead to arrests.

The suspects are accused of attacking and robbing five people last Thursday morning and are also linked to three previous robberies.

All of the incidents happened in the Fordham and Belmont sections, dating back to June 16, when a 29-year-old man was attacked just before 4 a.m. as he was walking in the vicinity of Hughes Avenue and East 188th Street. The suspects punched and kicked him before stealing his iPhone and fleeing. The victim sustained a cut to his forehead and a minor injury to his lip.

Then, just before 5 a.m. on July 3, two suspects approached a 42-year-old man in the vicinity of Arthur Avenue and East 188th Street and demanded his property. The suspects then pushed the victim to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked him, causing lacerations to his eye and arm and bruising to the face and head. The suspects stole the victim's iPhone and bag containing a debit card and credit card, as well as identification cards.

A 34-year-old man carrying a TV was attacked on July 9 around 4 a.m. in the vicinity of Crotona Avenue and Southern Boulevard. The suspects punched and kicked him before stealing the television, $66 in cash and an iPhone.

The spree in the early-morning hours of July 16 began at 3 a.m. and lasted a little over an hour. Police say the suspects approached a 19-year-old man on 3rd Avenue and punched him the face, causing severe swelling and bruising to the face and a fractured jaw. The suspects stole his Samsung Galaxy phone and a video game.

Twenty minutes later, the suspects approached three men in the vicinity of Arthur Avenue and East 183rd Street and punched and kicked them. The suspects made off with two wallets and a phone.

Approximately 20 minutes after that, the suspects approached a 61-year-old man in the vicinity of Valentine Avenue and East 188th Street and struck him in the head before stealing his phone.

Then, at 4 a.m., the suspects approached a 33-year-old man near Lorillard Place and East 189th Street and threw him to the ground. The suspects then removed $60 in cash and proceeded to punch and kick him, causing swelling to the face and lacerations to both elbows.

The spree ended just seven minutes after that, when the suspects approached a 24-year-old man on Marion Avenue. One of the suspects grabbed the victim by the throat and the others threw him to the ground. They proceeded to kick and punch the victim before stealing his wallet and phone. The victim sustained a scratched knee, minor scratches to his neck as well as swelling to his head.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).