Road scam: Men lure drivers with fake flat tire before robbing them

Posted at 10:48 PM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 18:02:00-04

Facebook has been circulating a description of four men who are said to have robbed at least three people.

Zoe Bliesner said the men drove past her and a friend Monday night and claimed to have a flat tire. Once the men stepped out of the car, they aimed a gun at the two women and made demands.

"I was saying please, please don't take this stuff. I can't afford to replace it,” said Bliesner. "He pointed it right at us while somebody else patted us down."

She said the men took her purse and a phone she had recently purchased. Prior to speaking with the men, Bliesner and a friend discussed that the car looked similar to one she saw described on Facebook a week before.

"Dark gray Dodge Neon with white passenger and driver doors,” said Laura Bliesner, Zoe's mom. Laura was the one that shared the Facebook post about the earlier incident. "My friend was robbed before her last Saturday."

She said the first incident happened on July 2, at West 57th Street. Then, on July 9, another robbery happened in Ohio City, on Clinton Avenue. The most recent robbery happened Monday night along Hogback Avenue.

Police reports confirm Bliesner's story. According to the reports, four black men between the ages of 20 and 23 got out of the vehicle and one man pointed a gun at Bliesner and her friend. He ordered them to put their belongings on the ground. The other men patted the two down and took off with their things.