Bronx, NY – Officials said a New York State parole officer was robbed on duty on Monday morning by three armed men who took his gun and cell phone.
The incident occurred at about 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 18 when the parole officer was making a home visit to a parolee who lived in a building on Leland Avenue near Parker Street in Parkchester, the New York Daily News reported.
Police said that the three muggers stopped the parole officer inside the apartment building and pulled a gun on him.
Officials said the robbers told the parole officer not to move and held him at gunpoint as they took his gun out of his holster, the New York Daily News reported.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) released video and still images of the suspects to the public on Wednesday.
The pictures showed that two of the muggers were wearing ski masks – one with a coat with a fur-lined hook and the other wearing a black jacket, the New York Daily News reported.
NYPD said the third suspect was wearing red pants and a white tank top and carrying a black jacket or sweatshirt.
Police said the suspects were about 20 years of age, the New York Daily News reported.
🚨WANTED for ROBBERY: On 10/18/21 at 5:45 A.M.,in the vicinity of 1449 Leland Ave. @NYPD43Pct @Bronx. The suspects approached a on-duty NYS parole officer and while displaying a firearm removed his property. Any info call 800-577-TIPS or DM NYPDTips. Reward up to $3,500. pic.twitter.com/5GQiYOEGaE
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) October 20, 2021
No one was injured in the robbery, WABC reported.
A passerby posted video of officers responding to the robbery, and said there were police helicopters circling above the area. h
The video showed officers searching the area for the armed suspects.
In the video, the witness said the suspects were reportedly last seen fleeing on foot near Parkchester Station.
Police have asked that anyone with information in regarding the suspects or the location of the stolen gun call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).