New York police have released photos of a man who has been robbing women at ATMs by threatening to throw acid in their faces.
Police say the robberies began May 12 when the man robbed a 22-year-old woman, according to CBS New York. The woman was getting money out of a CitiBank ATM on Manhattan’s Upper East Side when he approached her with a bottle of liquid that he claimed to be acid. He threatened to throw the liquid in her face if she did not give him cash. She gave him the $1,000 he demanded before he took off on foot.
Later that month, on May 29, the man robbed another woman at the same Citibank ATM. He again demanded $1,000 from the 36-year-old woman after flashing a bottle of yellow liquid. He told her he’d throw the acid in her face if she didn’t comply. She said she was panicking so much that she couldn’t get her PIN number in, so the man settled for $500.
The woman told CBS News that the experience was horrifying.
“I just completely freaked out, shaking and couldn’t breathe. He said, ‘Just give me $500.”
She gave him the cash, but he didn’t immediately leave. Instead, he stayed for a few more minutes and continued to threaten her.
Neither of the women were injured.
CitiBank customers say there isn’t enough protection for those using the ATMs.
“They should have someone here constantly. They keep bringing someone after it happens. They should have someone before, during, and after. They’ll have someone about two weeks, and then they’re gone. They should have someone constantly.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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Feature photo: CCTV Footage