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Video: Suspects Allegedly Set Up Victim For Chokehold Phone Robbery

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Police have released surveillance photos and videos of two suspects wanted for apparently setting up a victim for a robbery in Yorkville.

It happened May 7 at 3:04 p.m. on 92nd Street and First Avenue.

Chokehold Phone Robbery
A man and a woman apparently set up a victim for a robbery on May 7, 2018, police said. (credit: NYPD)

One of the suspects is a 21-year-old woman, police said. She agreed to meet the victim to purchase tickets to an event. Video shows the woman chatting with the victim as another man saunters up behind him and suddenly places him in a chokehold.

The male suspect dragged the victim to the ground and stole his phone before driving off in an SUV, according to police, who say the woman also took off.

Hope Quigley works on the Upper East Side block where it happened.

"Luckily we work during the day but like, we have a lot of staff that works overnight and gets out at 12 or four in the morning so definitely a little scary," Quigley said.

The victim's grandmother tells CBS2 her grandson is doing okay.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) CRIMES and then entering TIP577. You can also submit tips via the Crime Stoppers website or by texting CRIMES (274637) and then entering TIP577.

All calls are confidential.

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