EAST WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (WPIX) -- Two EMTs were robbed by an armed suspect while responding to a fake emergency call in Brooklyn early Saturday morning, police and fire officials said.
It's the second time this week that on-duty EMTs have been lured to a location by a bogus emergency call in the borough, only to be robbed at gunpoint, according to the FDNY.
The 23-year-old and 25-year-old EMTs, both men, were riding in the elevator of a building on Frost Street in East Williamsburg around 2:40 a.m. when it stopped on the sixth floor and a man approached them with a handgun, authorities said.
The suspect threatened the EMTs, and stole their radios and tech bag with equipment, fire officials said.
The suspect then pressed all the buttons on the elevator with the two EMTs still inside, sending them back down so they couldn’t follow him, police said.
On Dec. 7, two volunteer EMTs were robbed at gunpoint in Brownsville, according to police. They were responding to a 911 call about a child having difficulty breathing, but once they were inside an elevator, police said they were met by an armed man.
He took their radio, a tablet and their medic bag, then punched all the buttons on the elevator so they couldn’t follow him, police said.