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Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.

The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag. There was $147 in the bag and a debit card.

Police say the same man is wanted for a similar attack just after midnight on Monday.

The suspect approached another 47-year-old man from behind in the same area and placed him into a chokehold. The suspect then brought the victim to the ground and stole his backpack, which contained $7 in cash, a debit card, and two credit cards.

Police did not say if the victims were hurt.

The only description police had was that the suspect is Black and approximately 6'5". A sketch released by police showed him wearing a hat.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Police say that all calls are confidential.

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