By Sasha Gonzales firstname.lastname@example.org
A man who used a hypodermic needle to hold up a cell phone store in Morissania was arrested and charged with robbery Thursday, police said.
Luis Ortiz, 36, allegedly strolled into the Metro PCS store at Westchester and Longwood Avenues about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, pretending to be a perusing customer. After a few moments he flashed the needle, moved behind the store counter, and threatened a terrified female clerk, according to the NYPD.
He took an envelope full of cash, as well as money from the register, and got away on foot, police said. His total haul: $1,200.
Police said they were still searching for Ortiz’s accomplice.