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A homeless man suspected of two recent gunpoint robberies in Central Park was arrested by an eagle-eyed police officer on Thursday morning, authorities said.
NYPD Central Park Precinct Captain Bill Gallagher announced Andrew Thornton’s arrest for two alleged gunpoint robberies in Central Park. Thornton, 34, was spotted on a bicycle near Strawberry Fields by an officer who recognized the suspect’s ride — and his red hat from a perpetrator photograph shared by the department, according to police.
After police took Thorton into custody, they found a loaded 9mm Hi-Point semi-automatic pistol nearby, cops said.
Thornton is charged with two counts of robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of menacing.
He allegedly first robbed a 55-year-old man at gunpoint of $1,000 last Friday morning near the park’s exit at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, according to police.
Then on Tuesday, he is accused of sticking up a 67-year-old woman who was walking near Swan Lake — taking her purse.
The commanding officer of NYPD’s Central Park Precinct, Captain William Gallagher, announced Thornton’s arrest at a Thursday night press briefing.
Gallagher said Central Park is “tremendously safer today, because this guy with a gun, who was again, going around in the daytime doing this is now in jail where he belongs.”
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