Two Jewish women were the victims of an armed robbery and assault in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Sources tell YWN that the two victims were Israelis visiting the United States for a few days, and had traveled from Brooklyn to Manhattan to an Apple store to purchase iPhones on Wednesday afternoon.
The pair took the subway back to Brooklyn – holding their “Apple bags” – and had exited the train on McDonald Avenue and Avenue I on the Flatbush / Boro Park border at around 11:00PM. They were suddenly approached by two suspects – a male and female – who appear to have been on the train with them, eyeing their bags. The male suspect placed a knife to the throat of one victim, and demanded they hand over their “Apple bags”. Meanwhile, the female suspect punched the other victim multiple times in the face. The male suspect demanded the pass-codes to their new devices, which the victims complied. Both suspects fled the scene.
The NYPD responded and took a report, and EMS transported one of the victims to Maimonides Hospital for facial trauma.
Unfortunately, even if the NYPD were to locate the suspects, it is unlikely that charges will be brought since both victims took a flight back to Israel on Thursday afternoon.
YWN has learned that both victims served in the IDF.
Flatbush and Boro Park Shomrim tell YWN that people must be aware that there are criminals looking for people carrying apple bags, and will not hesitate to rob you. Shomrim is imploring with people to make sure that when walking on the street or riding public transportation, not to flaunt bags such as from an apple store.