Manhattan- A young, 28-year-old man was shot in the leg after two armed robbers held up customers dining outside an upscale restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
The restaurant, Philippe Chow is located at East 60th street and is one of the most renowned eateries in the area.
According to the police, mask-wearing robbers came out of an SUV and barged towards two men sitting on separate tables in the restaurant. One of the suspects approached a 31-year-old man and stole his Rolex stainless steel submariner watch, whereas the other one went straight to the other young guy who was on a date and robbed him.
One of the suspects had a gun in his hand and he tried to rob the man with force as the victim struggled and resisted but the gun went off. Melchior Cooke was shot in the leg during the resistance. The gunshot made the suspect panic and they fled the crime scene. Cooke was bleeding profusely when the police officers arrived at the crime scene and took him to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell.
Melchior Cooke is doing relatively fine and he endured a non-life-threatening wound.
Lisa Cooke, mother of Melchior Cooke stated “I have nine kids…I would expect that from him, he’s not going to let anyone do that…pull a gun out and rob him – he’s not going to let that happen…my kids aren’t that type of kids.” She further exclaimed that she let out a sigh of relief after knowing that her son was doing fine.
James Essig, Chief of Detectives at NYPD stated “we believe the patrons have no connection to another, the two perps come out, they go right to the tables that each individual was sitting at, we believe this is a robbery for high-end jewelry.”
No arrest was made in connection with the robbery incident. Both the suspects remain at large as per the reports.