Crime watch

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ROGUE BIKER TARGETS TOURIST Last Sunday, at 11:30 a.m., a 50-year-old man visiting the Upper West Side from Australia was taking a stroll with his camera. He was happily snapping shots of the American Museum of Natural History on West 81st Street when an unknown man on a bike approached him. The cyclist grabbed the man's bag off his shoulder and quickly rode away, making off with the tourist's $399 Jono Hennessy eyeglasses. COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER VIOLENT SPAT In the early morning hours of last Friday, police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute that turned violent. A couple, ages 39 and 38, were arguing at the woman's West End Avenue apartment. The verbal fight became physical when he slashed her on the arm with a kitchen knife, and she hit him on the bridge of his nose with a hard plastic bottle. It is unclear who initiated the violence, but police arrested both parties for assault. BAD BOYFRIEND A 20-year-old woman was fighting with her 19-year-old boyfriend last Wednesday evening at her West 68th Street apartment. The boyfriend ended the argument when he grabbed his girlfriend's $200 iPhone, punched her in the face and fled the scene. The perp is wanted for robbery and assault. BUS STOP ROBBERY A 33-year-old man was robbed by two muggers while waiting for the bus at Amsterdam Avenue and West 86th Street on Sunday. The perps approached him around 5:30 a.m. and one revealed a knife and demanded money, saying, "I don't want to have to cut your face." The man attempted to walk away from the robbers, but they pursued him, pushed him and told him to stand still. The man surrendered $200, and the robbers fled the scene. The perps were described as 30-year-old black Hispanic men, one 5 feet, 2 inches tall with curly hair wearing a black ski cap, and the other 6 feet, 1 inch with short hair wearing jeans and a black sweater. MASSIVE CHECK FRAUD Last Saturday, a local man came to the police to report a giant scam perpetrated against him. The 33-year-old Riverside Boulevard resident discovered that an unknown person had created a fake check using his account number and information. That person also forged the victim's signature on the check for a whopping $49,900.00. The man's bank, Chase, discovered the fraud when the check was deposited into an MCU bank account.

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