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Ossining Police: Man Robbed at Knifepoint

OSSINING, N.Y. – An Ossining Dunkin' Donuts employee says he got a good look at a man who may have robbed a 19-year-old Hopewell Junction man at knifepoint with an accomplice Wednesday morning.

Village of Ossining Police say the robbery took place Wednesday morning outside the Dunkin’ Donuts on South Highland Avenue. Police said the victim was lured to the area after agreeing to meet someone named Jeff “in order to purchase two virtual ‘party hats’ from the software game Runescape,” according to a press release. The robbery victim described Jeff as “a male Hispanic of about 5’ 10” height, stocky weight with short dark-colored hair,” according to a police press release.

A server, whom The Daily Ossining declined to name because he hadn't spoken to police yet, said Thursday he saw a “stocky Hispanic kid” who matched Jeff’s description sitting outside the Dunkin' Donuts.

“I came outside for a cigarette and saw him sitting there with a laptop. He was a little heavier set and had a big, thicker laptop,” the server said. “I’d be able to pick him out if I saw him again.”

The server said he walked back inside and never saw a crime committed and when he looked back outside 15 minutes later, the man with the laptop was gone.

Village of Ossining Police said the victim agreed to meet a person he contacted through Craigslist. The man reportedly agreed to meet Jeff at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Jeff had a laptop under his arm and got in the victim’s car, according to the release.

Lt. Michael McElroy said the victim told police a second Hispanic male standing about 5-foot-8 came up to his car and “put a knife to his throat.”

“Jeff then told the victim to remain calm and turn over his wallet, cell phone and cash,” according to the release. “The victim complied and both men fled the area on foot.”

McElroy said the victim reported that he lost $1,150 in cash and a cell phone worth about $600. McElroy said early Thursday that he wasn’t aware of any witnesses in the incident.

“There are none that we know of, but they’re trying to develop some,” McElroy said, adding that he wasn’t aware of any other crimes that have occurred in the same location.

McElroy recommended that residents “be very careful” in purchasing items online.

“Particularly if you’re meeting strangers for some sort of business transaction you really need to think twice,” he said. “You don’t have much protection with who you’re meeting. And carrying cash instead of a check leaves you very vulnerable to victimization.”

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