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Video shows mugger choking Harlem victim into unconsciousness

An armed robber choked a Harlem man into unconsciousness as he tried to steal the man’s cell phone from his hand, shocking surveillance video shows.

The robber, who wore an “R.I.P. Youth t-shirt,” stalked the victim into the stairwell of his building on W. 147th St. building near Amsterdam Ave. at about 9:50 p.m. Friday.

He pulled a gun and grabbed the 23-year-old man from behind.

When the victim tried to escape, the suspect pointed the gun at his head and then put the victim in a sleeper hold.

The victim dropped his phone and then goes limp as he’s throttled into unconsciousness.

The robber then grabbed the victim’s phone, wallet, backpack and $1,000, and ran away.

Police said the robbery victim’s neck was bruised, but he didn’t need to go to a hospital.

Cops describe the robber as dark-skinned, with a beard and mustache, wearing black sunglasses and a back backpack.

His t-shirt reads “R.I.P. Youth” on the front, and has a graphic of a tombstone and an upside down house on the back.

Cops are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

source: nydaily

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