For weeks police in New York have been trying to identify three young women who, they say, have robbed local street vendors and taunted others. According to reports, the same group of teens have berated vendors using racist remarks and brandished knives while making off with hundreds of dollars in merchandise.
Police said the incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, where the two vendors had their street stand set up on River Avenue and East 157th Street in the Concourse section — just a stone's throw away from Yankee Stadium. The trio approached the men, yelling a series of racist slurs against Mexicans at them.
"'Go back to Mexico!' I don't say nothing, I don't do nothing," said one of the vendors, neither of whom wished to be identified.
In addition to the hateful remarks, the women punched the vendors and then pulled a knife, according to the victims. Police said that the suspects stole clothing and merchandise from the stand, items the men said they sell to support their families.
"I'm working for my family. He's working for his family. And you know, it's very important for me and he," said one of the vendors.
Of course the vendors feared for their lives but, they were willing to speak out in hopes of preventing any other vendor from the same fate, or worse, that they endured.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips on the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.