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Man Attempting To Sell PS5 Through Online App Robbed At Gunpoint In Westchester

31 Washington Ave. in New Rochelle
31 Washington Ave. in New Rochelle Photo Credit: Google Maps

A 27-year-old man who used an online app to sell a Playstation 5 was pistol-whipped and robbed at gunpoint by his would-be buyer, police said.

Officers from the New Rochelle Police Department responded to a stretch of Washington Avenue near Montefiore Hospital shortly before 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, where there was a report of a gunpoint robbery.

New Rochelle Police Capt. Cosmo Costa said that the victim reported that a suspect had brandished a handgun, possibly a 9mm, and stole the highly-coveted video game system from him, which was released last week and is in short supply.

During the robbery, the suspect allegedly hit his victim with the butt of the gun, causing bruising and pain before fleeing on foot toward Division Street.

Costa said that the victim and suspect met at the location after communicating through the “Offerup” app.

Police described the suspect as being a 6-foot-2 African American man who was heavyset and wearing an all-black track suit, Louis Vuitton messenger bag, and Adidas sneakers.

Anyone with information regarding the armed robbery has been asked to contact investigators at the New Rochelle Police Department by calling (914) 654-2300.

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