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NYPD investigating possible link between robberies of off-duty cops


The NYPD is investigating a possible link between last week’s robbery of an off-duty cop in Manhattan and Tuesday’s brutal mugging of another one of New York’s Finest in the Bronx, police sources said.

Detectives are looking to see if the suspects who targeted a 26-year-old off-duty NYPD officer and his two cousins outside an Inwood sports bar on Friday are connected to the same group responsible for fracturing the skull of Officer Muhammed Chowdhury blocks away from his Bronx home, the sources said.

The trio of men wanted in Chowdhury’s attack have been linked to at least 19 previous muggings in Queens and the Bronx since Aug. 1 — including six just on Monday, police have said.

Two earlier armed robberies in Manhattan — including the one of the other off-duty cop — may be part of the same vicious pattern, sources said.

In the Friday attack, three armed men pulled up in a silver SUV beside the 26-year-old officer and his two cousins as they were walking to their car from El Jefe Sports Cantina on Dyckman Street just at 2:15 a.m.

The men jumped out in ski masks and dark clothing and demanded their property. One of the suspects pistol-whipped one of the victims in the head when he attempted to run, police said.

They took off with a chain from one of the cousins and the cop’s phone and wallet.

An hour and 45 minutes later, the same trio pulled up in the silver SUV next to a 44-year-old man in front of 432 W. 203rd St. They grabbed the man’s car keys, phone and wallet and then drove off in his vehicle, a 2022 Mercedes Benz GLS 450 SUV, police said.

One Tuesday, Chowdhury was targeted as he was jogging around 10:30 a.m. Three men jumped him and made off with his cell phone, keys and wallet near 823 Olmstead Ave.

An off-duty veteran NYPD cop suffered a fractured skull and was bleeding from the brain when he was robbed near 823 Olmstead Ave.
An off-duty veteran NYPD cop suffered a fractured skull and was bleeding from the brain when he was robbed near 823 Olmstead Ave.
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One of the men punched Chowdhury in the head, knocking him unconscious. The officer suffered a fractured skull and brain bleed and was hospitalized in critical condition.

By Wednesday, Chowdhury was awake and no longer intubated, but was still unable to speak, according to his wife and sources.

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch vowed that the department will bring the “cowards” who attacked the cop to justice.

“Make no mistake: we will find them. But we will need the rest of the justice system to step up and do its job, too,” said Lynch.



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