Arrest made in string of UWS food cart, restaurant robberies

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Food cart that was robbed Photo credit Google Street View

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A man has been arrested in connection with a string of robberies on the Upper West Side where food carts and restaurants were targeted, authorities said.

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The suspect, 37-year-old Ryan Little, allegedly began his robbery spree on April 3rd at a coffee cart in Harlem just before 3 a.m. Police say Little took out a gun and demanded the 38-year-old victim hand over money and a phone. He made away with $500 cash and a $200 cellphone.

A few weeks later, on April 16, Little hit a taco truck in front of 2030 Broadway where he ordered food before taking out a gun and stealing $500 and a cellphone from the 19-year-old victim. When he left, police said he stated he would return in five minutes and if the victim left the truck he would shoot her.

The next day, Little entered El Gallo Taqueria on 84th Street just before midnight and asked if they were open. He then took out a gun and stole $119 in cash from the register and a tip jar, police said.

On April 18th, Little approached a fruit vendor around 3:40 a.m. on 86th Street asking for change of a $10 bill from the 50-year-old victim. When the victim pulled out money, Little took out a gun and stole about $150 from him. After starting to walk away, Little allegedly turned back around and took the victim’s iPhone too, authorities said.

Little returned to the taco truck on 70th Street on April 19, this time just after midnight where he stole $65 cash from a 48-year-old victim, cops said.

Later that same day, just before 6 p.m., Little went to a burrito truck on 77th Street where he stole $150 from a 31-year-old victim, police said.

Officers finally nabbed Little in Harlem on April 20 after he stole $1,500 from the register of Jimbo’s Hamburgers. A customer chased Little out of the eatery into St. Nicholas Park where police were able to arrest him. A .40 caliber firearm was found in the area, authorities said.

Little is being charged federally and the investigation remains ongoing.

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