West Side Rag » Suspect arrested for recent series of UWS armed robberies

Posted on April 23, 2022 at 4:57 p.m. by West Side Rag

By Carol Tannenhauser

A suspect in a series of seven armed robberies, targeting food vendors and restaurants primarily on the UWS, was arrested on Friday April 20, according to a police spokesperson.

On April 16, 37-year-old Ryan Little of Harlem allegedly stole a taco truck outside 2030 Broadway (70th Street), police reported. He approached, ordered food, showed a handgun, and demanded money and a phone from a 19-year-old woman, taking $500 and her cell phone. “When he left he said he would be back in five minutes and if the victim leaves the truck he will shoot him,” the police report said. He then detailed the other crimes.

On April 17, at 502 Amsterdam Avenue (El Gallo Taqueria), a man walked in a little before midnight, “asked if they were open, showed a handgun, and took some money from the register. $119 and tip jar removed.

On April 18, “at the southeast corner of Broadway and West 86th Street – Salien Das Fruit Stand – the suspect approached a 50-year-old man and demanded change for a $10 bill. When the victim pulled out some cash, the suspect showed a handgun and took approximately $150. The suspect started to walk away, then asked for the victim’s iPhone and took it as well, which was worth $850.

On April 19, outside 350 Amsterdam Avenue (76-77) – Tasty Burrito Mexican Food – a man presented a gun and withdrew $150 from a 31-year-old woman.

Also on April 19, the suspect returned to the 70th Street taco truck he had previously robbed, “showed a handgun” and took $65 from a 48-year-old victim.

The suspect’s other two hits reportedly occurred in Harlem, again involving a food truck and a restaurant. In the latest incident, which took place on April 20, “the suspect entered the scene, produced a firearm and withdrew $1,500 from the register. An individual at the scene pursued the suspect who fled into St. Nicholas Park where police apprehended the suspect. A loaded .40 caliber firearm was recovered nearby.

The police report said the charges were “US Code Unclassified” and that “the suspect is federally charged.” No description of the suspect was given.

The investigation is ongoing.

(Thanks to Thomas Brophy for the tip!)

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