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New York robber wants $4, waits while victim changes $10 bill: police

New York robber wants $4, waits while victim changes $10 bill: police

A knife-wielding robber in this small suburban town north of New York City needed only $4, so he refused to take a $10 bill from his victim and waited while the man made change at a pizza parlor, police said.
He then took the$4 (euro2.93) and ran off, only to be captured a few blocks away, police said Tuesday.
The suspect, James Mitchell, 48, was arraigned Tuesday on robbery and weapon charges in Greenburgh Town Court. His lawyer, Arlene Popkin, refused to comment.
Police Capt. Joseph DeCarlo said it "really is an odd case, but it is a robbery."
"For me, this is unique, where the robber doesn't want all your money," he said.
The confrontation began over an artificial rose that the 18-year-old victim had just bought, police in the town about 29 miles (47 kilometers) north of New York City said.
DeCarlo said Mitchell allegedly demanded the rose, but the teen refused to give it to him. Mithcell then said he wanted the rose and money and pulled out a knife, DeCarlo said.
"All the kid has is a 10, and the perp says, `I only want $4.' He tells the kid to go into the pizza parlor and get change. Then the kid comes out, he takes his $4 and he leaves," said DeCarlo
DeCarlo said the teenager and his mother, who was across the street, called police and led officers to Mitchell.
He said he had no idea why Mitchell wanted only $4.