Brooklyn, NY – One of New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ aides was robbed at gunpoint by two men on Tuesday while he was scouting a location for the mayor’s planned visit to the borough.
The brazen attack occurred at the intersection of York Street and Hudson Avenue in Vinegar Hill as 33-year-old Chris Baugh was on his way to pick up his city-issued vehicle at approximately 10:30 a.m. on July 5, the New York Daily News reported.
Investigators said Baugh was outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, walking on an isolated traffic island, when the two armed suspects stepped in front of him and blocked his path.
“You don’t want to do this,” the aide warned them, according to the New York Post. “I work for the mayor.”
The thieves were undaunted, and one lifted his shirt to show Baugh the grip of the handgun he had tucked into his waistband, a law enforcement source told the news outlet.
The suspects demanded he hand over his cell phone and wallet, but Baugh refused.
“Get out of my way,” he told them, according to police.
One of the suspects stuck his leg out behind Baugh and the second suspect shoved him backwards, sending him falling onto the ground, the New York Post reported.
They then rifled through the mayoral aide’s pockets and took off with a wallet containing five credit cards and his city-issued cell phone, according to police.
One of the suspects allegedly used a Citi Bike to flee the scene, WNBC reported.
Baugh ran to the nearby New York Police Department (NYPD) tow pound at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and called police for help, according to the New York Daily News.
No arrests were immediately made and it is unclear if police have identified either of the suspects.
Adam’s spokesperson, Fabien Levy, said the violent, broad-daylight attack is just another example of why the city needs to focus more attention on cracking down on illegal guns, the New York Daily News reported.
“Chris works hard for the city every day, and he deserves to be safe while conducting his job, just like every other New Yorker,” Levy said in a statement.
He noted that public safety has been Adams’ “top priority since day one,” and said the NYPD has been “working diligently every day to reduce crime,” WNBC reported.
“Today’s incident only further highlights the urgency to get dangerous guns and dangerous people off our streets as quickly as possible,” he continued. “New York City employees are city residents, and we will do everything in our power to keep all New Yorkers safe.”
According to NYPD records, robberies are up 39.4 percent this year as of June 26 in comparison to the same period last year, the New York Post reported.