A trio of suspects — possibly linked to the high-end robbery ring responsible for multiple heists across the city — targeted a man over the weekend after he left Chelsea hotspot TAO Downtown, authorities said.
The 28-year-old victim was about two blocks from the trendy restaurant, at 10th Avenue and West 18th Street, around 4:15 a.m. Saturday, when the male suspects displayed a gun and stole his Hublot watch, worth around $20,000, cops said.
They also robbed him of $500 in cash, as well as his Louis Vuitton wallet — holding his vaccination card and credit cards, cops said.
The trio took off in a white BMW heading north on the West Side Highway, cops said.
Police are investigating whether the incident is connected to a group of robbers who call themselves “OED” for “Own Every Dollar” — who are affiliated with the notorious Trinitarios gang in the Bronx and suspected in at least one homicide, sources said.
The crew members tool around in BMWs and Mercedes and dress in dark clothes, according to the sources. They also wear masks — though it was unclear if the trio in the recent stick-up used any face coverings.
The group is suspected to be behind a Sept. 16 heist at the Upper East Side Chinese restaurant Philippe Chow, where robbers allegedly stole a Rolex wristwatch from a man dining outdoors.
The bandits then set their sights on Melchior Cooke, 28, who was shot in the leg when he fought back.
Prior to Saturday’s incident, the ring’s most recent crime unfolded around 1:15 a.m. Oct. 11 outside the trendy Pergola eatery and hookah bar in NoMad. Officers recognized a BMW parked nearby that matched the description of a car tied to the high-end heists, sources said.
The cops moved in after a check showed a plate on the Beemer didn’t match the vehicle, sources said at the time.
When the cops tried to stop the vehicle on West 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, the driver gunned the engine and jumped a curb, almost plowing down several pedestrians, the sources said.
An officer finally stopped the car by firing three shots through its windshield, leading the driver and two passengers to bail out and start running, sources said.
One of the suspects — Wilson Mendez, 19, of the Bronx — was nabbed after a short chase, according to the sources.