An actual-estate dealer was robbed at knifepoint by three teenagers in Central Park early Sunday — and recounted his terrifying ordeal to The Publish, including he feels as if “crime is method up’’ within the metropolis.
Zach Gutierrez, 35, mentioned he was on his method dwelling round 12:45 a.m. when he heard individuals operating behind him.
“I used to be strolling dwelling from [the Upper East Side] admittingly late however was such a lovely evening and I often stroll by park,’’ the person wrote in an e-mail, reaching out after he noticed The Publish article concerning the crime.
“I heard three individuals operating behind me so I circled so that they wouldn’t run into me,” he mentioned. “One among them took my arm as if he was my buddy and wished to inform me one thing. His buddies pulled out a big white knife after which he took out the same one.”
Gutierrez mentioned he “panicked a bit” and gave them the whole lot he had — his pockets and telephone — and that they “instantly sprinted off.
“I notice strolling by (the) park at evening could possibly be harmful, but it surely by no means has been for me within the years I’ve achieved it,” Gutierrez wrote.
“I can say crime is method up in my expertise, and talking to many police final evening I do know, they really feel helpless with bail reform,” he added. “I’m certain theoretically it’s noble, however the outcomes are overwhelmingly apparent to anyone dwelling within the metropolis proper now.’’
He mentioned he discovered a police officer a couple of minutes after he was mugged and informed the cop what occurred. Police mentioned he filed a report, and law-enforcement sources confirmed his identify.
“We canvassed for a bit and went again to 86th Road [stationhouse],” Gutierrez mentioned of him and the officer.
The robbers received between $20 and $30 and his bank cards, which he instantly canceled, he mentioned.
“After I received dwelling, I noticed they tried to purchase one thing at a smoke store,” he mentioned.
Extra reporting by Joe Marino