Serial Harlem Mugger May Have Attacked Others

December 24, 2017

NY Post reports that a 65-year-old man was busted for robbing an elderly woman at knifepoint in Manhattan — and cops believe the sick senior is responsible for at least seven similar attacks in the Big Apple, police said on Saturday.

Cops say Frank Peterson set upon his 78-year-old victim as she checked her mailbox in her Harlem building last Monday at around 5:20 p.m., placing a knife to her throat and snatching two rings and an unknown amount of cash.

Cops were arresting Peterson for drug possession on Friday when the officers recognized him from the “Wanted” poster released in connection to the Harlem attack, and charged him with that mugging, police said.

Peterson is the prime suspect in a robbery about five hours earlier at Broadway and West 149th Street in Hamilton Heights, when he allegedly followed a 56-year-old woman into her building’s elevator — and said, “If you give me all your money, there will not be a problem.” He snatched some cash from her before bolting, cops said.

He’s believed to have targeted three other women last week, police said. Those victims include: a 74-year-old Harlem woman who he allegedly followed into her elevator and robbed of $10; a 60-year-old Upper East Sider who he cornered in her stairwell before snatching $10; and a 42-year-old woman in the same neighborhood who he threatened with a screwdriver before stealing a necklace.

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Earlier this month, cops suspect Peterson cornered a 37-year-old female victim on the first floor of her Harlem building and snatching $21 from her.

And Peterson is believed to be behind two October muggings in Harlem. In one, he allegedly struck a 29-year-old woman in the face with a bike lock before stealing her purse and jacket, police believe. In the other, he pushed a 64-year-old woman to the ground before taking off with her empty black bag, cops said.

He was ordered held without bail on Saturday afternoon. He has four prior arrests, all of which are sealed.

During his arraignment, the prosecutor called him “a violent offender.”

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