Amid rising crime in the Big Apple, one of Mayor Eric Adams’ aides was mugged in broad daylight Tuesday while scouting a location in Brooklyn for a planned visit by Hizzoner, law-enforcement sources told The Post.
The brazen caper took place even though the victim, a civilian member of Adam’s advance team, cautioned that he was a well-connected City Hall employee, a high-ranking police source said.
“You don’t want to do this. I work for the mayor,” he told the two crooks.
But in a show of utter contempt, they ignored the warning, with one man lifting his shirt to display the butt of a pistol tucked into his pants, the source said.
The incident began when the victim — Manhattan resident Christopher Baugh, 33 — refused to turn over his wallet and cellphone, telling the robbers, “Get out of my way,” cops said.
Instead, one stuck his leg out behind Baugh and the other pushed him to the ground.
After he failed to convince them to leave him alone, they rifled his pockets and swiped his city-issued phone and a wallet holding five credit cards, cops said.
The crooks then fled the scene, with one — described as a black male wearing a blue and white sweatshirt — making his getaway on a Citi Bike, sources said. The other suspect was described as a black male wearing sunglasses and a blue mask.
Veteran Democratic political consultant Hank Sheinkopf said the robbers’ fearlessness painted a bleak picture for the future.
“New Yorkers would feel a lot better if the muggers were afraid of committing a crime against a mayor’s staffer. They were not,” he said.
“That’s all you need to know. New Yorkers are going to feel less safe.”
The disturbing incident unfolded around 10:30 a.m on a traffic island at the intersection of Navy and York streets, sources said.
This is an excerpt from the New York Post.
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