Suspect of jewelry theft shot by police in NYC

Police sources said a pair of burglars looking for luxury goods – and believed to be linked to last month’s Philip Chow shooting – were shot early Monday by police targeting patrons at another Manhattan hot spot.

Sources said two armed men were hunting in their black BMWs outside a Chelsea restaurant Pergola when police spotted the vehicle, which was wanted in a pattern of high-end robberies.

Police drove the license plate of the BMW and when the tags didn’t match the registration, they attempted to pull over the vehicle on West 28 Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

But the driver refused to stop – over speeding and jumping a curb, nearly as many pedestrians, police said.

Police said an officer managed to fire three shots into the windshield of the uncontrolled car, causing the driver to stop. After this both the thieves fled on foot.

Police quickly nabbed one of the men, identified as 19-year-old Wilson Mendez, who was arrested and taken to hospital for a cut on his face, police said. The charges were pending on Monday as well.

Patrons gather at the scene of an escape attempt outside the pergola in Chelsea.
Patrons gather at the scene of an escape attempt outside the pergola in Chelsea.
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NYPD officers successfully capture a suspect inside Black BNW.
NYPD officers successfully capture a suspect inside Black BNW.
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Police said Mendez’s alleged accomplice – dressed in dark clothing – fled to nearby Madison Square Park and remained on the lam early Monday.

It is not clear whether the pair has escaped anything.

The two are believed to have been part of a wanted squad in a string of stickups where patrons of fancy eateries and clubs were robbed of their valuable baubles.

Women walk past the scene of a police shooting outside a pergola in Chelsea.
Women walk past the scene of a police shooting outside a pergola in Chelsea.
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Police opened fire outside a pergola in Chelsea early Monday.
Suspects inside a black BMW allegedly tried to plow between pedestrians in their desperate attempt to evade police.
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New York Knicks star Taj Gibson is seen leaving the pergola after a police shooting in Chelsea.
New York Knicks star Taj Gibson is seen leaving the pergola after a police shooting in Chelsea.
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Two robberies took place in August—one on August 14 when two men who had just left TAO downtown found bling worth more than $4 million, including a Richard Mille watch, taken at gunpoint by burglars who had come out of a Mercedes-Benz.

Five days later, armed robbers robbed the pergola’s custodians of $100,000 worth of jewelry, including an Audemars watch.

Police believe Monday’s incident is also related to the September 16 shooting at Philip Chow in the Upper East Side involving a Rolex.

19-year-old Wilson Mendez (centre) has been taken into custody after trying to escape from police.
19-year-old Wilson Mendez (centre) has been taken into custody after trying to escape from police.
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Officers are currently looking for another suspect who fled the Black BNW.
Officers are currently looking for another suspect who fled the Black BNW.
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“Everything is going on,” a police source told The Post. “It’s in the early stages of the investigation. This investigation, which will take some time, is going to check all that.”

Police sources said the police recovered a handcuff in the front seat in a blood-stained BMW, which was lined with glass.

Sources said that no pedestrian came under the vehicle and no one got hit by bullets.

Crime scene detectives collect photographic evidence at the scene of a shooting on 28th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Manhattan on October 11, 2021.
Crime scene detectives collect photographic evidence at the scene of a shooting on 28th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Manhattan on October 11, 2021.
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NYPD officers investigate a shooting at Club Pergola on 28th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Manhattan on October 11, 2021.
NYPD officers investigate a shooting at Club Pergola on 28th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Manhattan on October 11, 2021.
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It is not clear whether Mendez was the passenger or the driver.

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