Man lured to New York cafe has Rolex watch stolen at knifepoint
A duo lured a man to a Midtown cafe and snatched his expensive Rolex watch from him at knifepoint, police said Wednesday.
The 27-year-old victim showed up at the Toast Cafe on Sixth Avenue near West 36th Street around 10:30 p.m. on June 11, possibly looking to buy drugs, police say.
He met a man outside who spoke to him and then accompanied him to the upstairs dining room, cops said.
There, a second man, who was seated at a table, got up and approached them, authorities said.
The two suspects then placed a knife to the victim’s back and ripped off his $10,000 watch, cops said.
They then fled the restaurant, heading north on Sixth Avenue.
The victim reported no injuries.
One of the suspects is described as a dark-skinned, heavy-built man with black hair and facial hair, last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a white sleeveless hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt, green camouflage shorts and white sneakers.
Police describe the second suspect as a medium-skinned, heavy-built male last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black face mask, blue shirt, blue jeans and gray sneakers.
The NYPD released photos of the two men on Wednesday.
The theft did not immediately appear to be linked to high-end theft networks such as OED – or Own Every Dollar – which terrorized customers in Big Apple hotspots for their expensive jewelry.