Suspect busted for knifepoint robbery in Midtown subway


A Bronx man was arrested for allegedly robbing a straphanger at knifepoint in a Midtown Manhattan subway station, cops said.

Kianta Ridley, 23, approached a 33-year-old woman from behind on the platform of the 59th St – Lexington Av Station at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Ridley allegedly pulled a knife on the woman and demanded: “gimme your phone.” He snatched her iPhone 11 and fled the scene, cops said.

Transit cops carrying out a sex crime investigation saw Ridley throw a bottle onto the tracks at a subway platform in Grand Central Station on Wednesday morning, sources said

“After getting a good look at him, the officers recognized he was the same individual from the knifepoint robbery the day before and they immediately grabbed him,” Deputy Inspector Anthony Guadagno, the commanding officer of Transit District 4, said.

The officers found the stolen phone and the knife as they arrested him for littering, according to the NYPD.

The man has 11 prior arrests including 4 felonies, and an outstanding warrant for violating the terms of his probation for another robbery, sources said.

The transit cops who made the arrest were from the same unit that busted the man who allegedly shot a straphanger when the man refused to cough up his phone on Monday in Union Square.

Damon Bailey, 38, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly robbed a bank in Chelsea and rode an R train to the 14th St station. He was nabbed by cops on the train who noticed his recognizable green and black shoes, authorities said — adding he was “very foolish” for not changing his kicks.

Alleged subway shooter and bank robber Damon Bailey is escorted out of Transit District 4 in Union Square station by police following his arrest on October 26, 2021.
Gabriella Bass

Bailey was carrying $900, two pistols, and a revolver when he was nabbed.

“Thanks to hard work sharp-eyed officers were able to make two arrests less than 24 hours after the crime was committed and prevent these criminals from preying on innocent victims who rely on public transportation every day,” Guadagno said.

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