Police have stepped up patrols in Riverside Park a they search for a group of men who are targeting bicyclists and robbing them using trip wires and baseball bats.
The New York City Police Department says two robberies recently occurred along the Riverside Park bike path in Upper Manhattan.
The first incident took place on August 24 near 177th Street. They say around 11:30 p.m. a 40-year-old man was taken down by a trip wire, punched in the face, and had his cash, iPhone and $1,500 bike stolen.
He was not seriously injured.
The second incident occurred last Thursday night when the thieves jumped out of bushes on West 173rd Street and struck a 35-year-old man with a baseball bat, stealing his wallet, Kindle, iPhone and bicycle worth $1,000.
The victim suffered back and shoulder injuries.
One biker who spoke with NY1 says you always have to be alert when riding alone:
"You're a lot more vulnerable, especially if they do something like that. You're on this little thing, and sometimes you see people out there but you think well, they're walking, how are we supposed to know that they have some kind of added intent. And then, yeah, it could easily happen," said one biker.
The men are said to be in their 20's.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.