Police in New York City on Thursday arrested five students from Harvey Milk High School, a publicly funded high school for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students, Newsday reports. According to police reports, the students pretended to be prostitutes, picked up potential customers, and then flashed a fake police badge and handcuffed the men. The students would then demand the victims' wallets, taking cash, ATM cards, and personal identification numbers, before releasing the men.
The first robbery occurred October 5 on Greenwich Street, when police say two suspects stole $1,200 from a 24-year-old man. The next robbery took place on Bleecker Street, where three suspects robbed a 39-year-old man of $600, according to police. On October 29, police say, three suspects demanded a PIN from another victim and withdrew $1,000 from his bank account. Two suspects also took $105 from a man at Jane and Washington streets. The most recent robbery took place early Thursday, when police say three suspects forced a victim against a wall at gunpoint and stole $85.
Arrested in connection with the robberies, police said, were Gerald "Kimberly" Howard, 17; Kevin "Keva" Williams, 17; Brian "Whoopie" Gonzalez, 17; Kelvin "Keisha" Howell, 17; and Keenan "Chanel" Oliver, 16.