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Police are searching for two men suspected of robbing and stabbing a teenager on Coney Island Avenue on Tuesday, just one block from PS 217.
Two young men approached the 16-year-old victim and demanded his bicycle, on November 1 around 9:15pm, according to police reports. The suspects then chased the victim into a small grocery store at 1020 Coney Island Avenue between Parkville and Foster Avenues. The first suspect punched the teenager and the second suspect stabbed him repeatedly in the torso before running northbound on Coney Island Avenue, say cops.
The victim was rushed to Maimonides Hospital and remains in stable condition.
Police describe the first suspect as a Hispanic or Indian man, about 17 to 20 years old. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, tan pants, and a black bookbag.
The second suspect is described as a Hispanic man, about 17 to 20 years old. He was last seen wearing a blue Yankee hat, blue jeans, black sweater, white and blue sneakers, and a black bookbag.
Though overall robberies have dropped in our area, there has been a recent surge in gunpoint robberies, said 70th Precinct Deputy Inspector James Palumbo in late October. Some of these incidents include a September gunpoint robbery on Cortelyou Road and a robbery at gunpoint on Flatbush Avenue in late October.
Anyone with information in regards to this 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). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.