NYPD Search for Suspected Armed Robbers in City’s Diamond District

TIME

New York City police had a busy city block on lockdown Tuesday afternoon, amid heavier Veterans Day crowds, while they searched for suspects in an armed robbery.

Police told TIME that two men, one in his mid-50s and one in his mid-20s, entered the building on 47th Street in Manhattan and allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint on the eighth floor, pistol-whipped him and then disappeared into the building. Police shut down the entire city block to hunt for the suspects, as the New York Veteran’s Day Parade marched by on adjacent Fifth Avenue.

But while the scene made things a bit more chaotic than usual, store owners in the city’s “diamond district” remained unfazed, calmly removing jewelry from store windows, while residents and shopkeepers complained of the minor inconvenience.

Moshe Uziel said he couldn’t get past the policemen to bring his wife her lunch, and she couldn’t come out…

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