Police: Suspect waves kitchen knife, shouted threats in New York City robbery spree

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Police are searching for a man they say was waving around a kitchen knife as he ransacked a cash drawer while shouting threats.

Victims described the robber as crazed as he hit three locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan over a 24-hour span.

Video from inside the Super Star Deli shows the man jumping over the counter Sunday night, waving a knife around and shouting. He got away with just $20.

"He put the knife and said, 'Give me the money, give me the money, give me the money,'" the owner said. "And after that, I come back and he said, 'I'll kill you,' so then I go and call the police."

The next day, authorities say the same man hit two pizzerias in Lower Manhattan and the Lower East Side. He got away with more than $500 in those two robberies.

The areas he hit were well-lit and had plenty of cameras, and his face was captured clearly as he put on a distinctive red hat.

Police want to find him before anyone gets hurt, and they urge anyone with information 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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