Man shot during another jewelry robbery in Inwood

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Man shot during another jewelry robbery in Inwood
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The assailants removed the victim's watch and fled in a white Mercedes-Benz.

INWOOD, Manhattan (WABC) -- Police are investigating another jewelry robbery and shooting in Inwood, this one that left a 23-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.

The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on June 11, with the NYPD now releasing new surveillance video of the brazen crime that they hope will lead to arrests.

Authorities say four individuals approached the victim, 23-year-old Luis Almonte, in the vicinity of 565 West 207th Street and grabbed him while attempting to remove his jewelry.

Almonte resisted, at which point one individual discharged a firearm, striking him in his torso, buttocks, and leg.

The assailants removed the victim's watch and fled in a white Mercedes-Benz driven by a fifth individual.

EMS transported Almonte to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition.

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Police say the victim has 15 prior arrests, including two for assaulting police officers, and has been uncooperative with detectives investigating his shooting.

It happened 10 days before the more recent incident in which a man was fatally shot in the head and another wounded in the groin during a similar robbery.

That victim, 34-year-old Milton Grant, of Queens, was sitting inside his BMW with a 33-year-old man standing on Dykman Street just before 5 a.m. when they were approached by three individuals.

The suspects, all males, displayed handguns and demanded their property.

The first individual shot Grant in the head as he tried to drive away, then removed his watch, ring and a $3,000 chain from his neck.

Police are not making a connection between the two incidents, but both are part of an uptick in crime in the 34th Precinct.

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In the last 28 days, for the month of June, there have been 24 robberies reported compared to 11 in the same period last year.

There have been nine shootings in Inwood compared with four this time last year.

Anyone with information in either incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).


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