There's little (to no) information at the moment about an armed robbery that took place on 13th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue early this morning just after 6.
There are multiple reader reports that the NYPD shut down the block to traffic ... these photos are via Salim...
The first report hit the Citizen app at 6:06 a.m. The details, including the address, changed several times over the course of 40 minutes, though there were reports of a search for a man with a gun. There was also a report that the victim was taken to a local hospital.
There aren't any media reports at the moment... and the police weren't talking to inquisitive neighbors on the block. Will update the post when more information is available.
Sources tell @nikreport: an off-duty NYPD officer was beaten & robbed at gunpoint around 6am this morning. Happened on E. 13th St & 2nd Ave. The officer suffered lacerations to the face and was taken to Bellevue Hospital. No arrests at this time. @PIX11News— Morena Basteiro (@morenabasteiro) January 17, 2019
Updated 12:30 p.m.
The Daily News reports that an off-duty NYPD officer was the victim.
The 28-year-old cop was walking near Third Ave. and 13th St. about 5:45 a.m. when a gun-toting thief ran up on him and demanded his valuables.
The cop fought back — and the suspect used his gun to give the officer a vicious pistol-whipping before running away.
The officer was taken to Bellevue with cuts to his face and head.
Updated 2:05 p.m.
Updated 5:30 p.m.
Police are distributing these flyers around the scene of the crime... there's is up to a $2,500 reward for info about the suspect...
[Photo by Steven]
Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.