A meeting in the park turned a 24-year-old man into a crime victim last July. And police are looking for two people they believe did the deed.
Police want to talk to Lorenzo Cunningham, 19, described as a black male, 5-foot-10, 140 pounds with a dark complexion, slim build, short black hair and brown eyes; as well as an accomplice, a Hispanic man in his late teens to early 20s, 5-foot-10, with a light complexion and short black hair.
The victim connected with Cunningham through social media, and set up a meeting at Van Cortlandt Park on the afternoon of July 17, according to the New York Police Department. The two began to walk and talk, but once they reached a secluded area near Broadway and West 246th Street, Cunningham reportedly claimed he had a second friend he wanted to meet.
That man walked up and pepper-sprayed the victim in his eyes, according to police. Both men then punched and kicked the victim, removing his wallet, which contained a bank card and $22 cash, along with his Samsung Galaxy phone.
The victim was not seriously injured, and refused medical attention at the scene.
Anyone with any information is asked to call NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-8477, or visit the Crime Stoppers website at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com. They also can text tips to 274637, and then enter "TIP577."
All calls, police say, are confidential.