He must have been listening to Aloe Blacc’s “I need a dollar.”
A teenager who has been connected to the attempted robbery of six school age children over a two-day spree is in custody, according to police. He is yet to be charged with a crime.
The thief approached kids on their way to school in Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, brandishing a knife or box cutter and demanding a dollar.
The series of mostly unsuccessful attempted robberies occurred on May 20 and May 22.
They began May 20 at 7:20 am when the thief stopped a 12-year-old on Court Street and Second Place. After the suspect accosted the victim with a knife and demanding a dollar, the victim resisted and escaped unharmed.
The thief continued to stop and harass 14 and 15-year-old boys in the following hours. He didn’t get a single cent in either attempt.
Two days later the thief was more successful. He managed to get a whole U.S. dollar from a 13-year-old boy on Smith and President streets. Later he approached a 14-year-old in the same spot and demanded his money. The suspect got away with the victim’s wallet.
Later that day, the suspect attempted, and failed, to rob a 15-year-old using a box cutter who escaped with his cash.
According to the police, none of the victims were harmed in the string of ineffective robberies.