Saturday, February 23, 2008

Its in the bag

WTF? Okay you're carrying $150,000 in cash? in New York City in broad daylight? You figure that someone knew what you were carrying in the bag? Or was it because you opened the bag in front of folks at Starbucks to pay for the Non-fat mocha venti frappacino?

Man Robbed Of $150K In Midtown Attack

NEW YORK -- A gunman dragged a man down a sidewalk, beating him with a pistol, after fighting over a black bag in front of a Starbucks cafe blocks from Central Park on Friday, police and witnesses said.

Ijams was not shot but pistol-whipped in the back of the head, police said.
During the struggle, the gun went off firing an errant shot that did not hit anyone, police said.
Ijams, witnesses told WNBC, was left on the sidewalk, bloodied and robbed.

He was rushed to the emergency room of Weill Cornell Medical Center, police said, where detectives questioned him while he was being treated.
Witnesses said that the suspect got away with Ijams' bag which, sources told WNBC, contained almost $150,000 in cash.

Police said just before the attack, Ijams had withdrawn the money from Chase Bank on West 56th Street.

Witnesses said they saw the two men fighting over a black duffel bag in front of the cafe. The younger man then dragged the victim -- who was clinging to the bag -- down the street, beating him in the head with the gun, witnesses said.

Police were searching a suspect they described as a man between 25 and 30 years old who was wearing a black parka, black pants is about five feet 9 inches tall.
Zafer Incekara, a limousine driver from Lyndhurst, N.J., said the gunman fired a shot at the man before he fled.

"I saw the guy running out to Sixth Avenue" with the black bag after leaving the man in the street, said witness Amado Delacruz, 34, of Bayonne, N.J.

"You don't expect this. Not on 56th Street. Especially in front of Starbucks," Delacruz said.

A woman who answered the telephone at the Starbucks hung up on a reporter's call Friday.
The investigation is on-going.