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Armed Subway Mugger Who Told Victims “I Have A Gun With A Silencer” Arrested, Then Mysteriously Hospitalized

Surveillance video captured the suspect after one of his robberies. (Source: Gothamist)

A man believed to be behind as many as eight armed subway robberies was arrested after his latest mugging, which occurred at Gravesend’s Avenue U station on the F line.

CBS News reports:

Eric Gay, 43, of Brooklyn, is charged with three counts of robbery. Investigators believe he may be responsible for as many as eight muggings since Sunday.

As CBS 2′s Alice Gainer reported, each time, the suspect allegedly walked up to his victims, said he had a gun with a silencer and then robbed them.  However, they also said none of the victims actually saw the weapon the attacker claimed to have.

The attacks took place in the East Village, West Village, Queens and Brooklyn, police said.  Items the suspect stole ranged from iPods to cellphones, cash and MetroCards.

It was the Gravesend robbery that lead to his arrest. Gay allegedly robbed a man of an Android phone at the Avenue U station. Police tracked the phone and canvassed the area nearby, with the victim riding along. The witness spotted him, and cops made the bust.

Gay was taken to Kings County Hospital Center before being booked at the Brooklyn Robbery Squad. It’s unclear why he was hospitalized, and a follow-up by Gothamist returned no leads.

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  1. People convicted of felonies committed on the mass transit system should be barred from using the system for the duration of any probation or, if incarcerated, parole. Perhaps exceptions might be made for trips to work or school, but, for these thugs, the use of the system should be a privilege and not a right. Many, if not most, subway criminals are repeat offenders, so imposing this age-old penalty of “banishment” will help reduce subway crime, with violators subject to re-arrest simply for being found on the system between unapproved hours or destinations. Transit users are a captive audience, so victimizing them should be a crime even more serious than random street crime, with penalties to match.
    And BTW, because the subway system is a controlled-access environment, why not create a bias-free version of SQ&F by placing concealed metal detectors at the entrances and exits of selected subway stations? While this may not snag perps only pretending to have a gun, it would, even in these cases, give the police an opportunity to at least get a closer look at persons fitting the descriptions of suspects being sought.
    The City’s war on crime has been tainted by the discriminatory nature of SQ&F, but it’s important that we keep up the fight, bring crime-fighting techniques up to Constitutionally acceptable standards, and not throw out the baby with the bath water.

  2. Good idea but how do you stop someone from buying a metrocard…and stop & frisk doesnt happen on a subway car (bus)

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