On Thursday morning we happened to get caught in an L-train shutdown at Third Avenue. We didn't think much of it, as hey, it's the MTA, what are the chances something interesting is going on versus the chances that somebody fell asleep at the switch? But it turns out there is something sensational going on these days in the subway stations around 14th Street. There's a mole mugger. According to the Daily News, a string of purse snatchings has recently plagued the L and 1 lines. Fifty officers (and even a bloodhound) were mustered on Thursday morning to nab the guy, and they almost caught him. Until he disappeared into the tracks!! Because of a murky power struggle between the MTA and cops, they weren't able to stop train service and pursue him. So this could continue. Apparently this was the fourth time the mugger successfully robbed a purse and escaped into the dark, terrifying tunnels under the city. It sounds like something out of an adventure novel, like the “pocketbooks” he’s been “stealing” are actually themselves stolen relics from an Nepalese temple that some nefarious arch-villain is trying to assemble in the hope of conjuring ancient evil spirits to do his bidding. It's almost glamorous. Or it would be, if we didn't see all of the crap that flows in and out of those tunnels when it rains. —Ben Mathis Lilley
Most Viewed Stories
How Mr. Robot Became One of TV’s Most Visually Striking Shows
Meet the Woman Who Started a Blog About Female Orgasms
The 100 TV Dramas Everyone Should Watch
See How Idris Elba Used Instagram, Wisdom to Respond to That Bond Critique
BD Wong on Why Mr. Robot’s Portrayal of a Transgender Character Is Radical
Emma Thompson’s Wonderful Thoughts on Feminism, Ageism, Trump, and Teapots
What It Means to Be Thick and Fit on Instagram
Ask Polly: How Do I Help My Selfish, Depressed Friend?
The Relatable Hillary: What Her Emails Really Reveal
Miley Cyrus’s Dead Petz Is Hard to Like, or Even Endure
Latest News from Daily IntelligencerFederal Judge Says Tom Brady Doesn’t Have to Sit Out 4 Games
The New England Patriots quarterback walked out of the Manhattan courthouse looking pretty pleased.Turkey Reportedly Releases Vice Journalists Arrested Earlier This Week
Their fixer remains in jail.This Summer Was the Safest New York Has Seen in Decades, NYPD Says
... But the homicide rate is still up 6 percent.China Reminds the World Its Military Is Bigger Than It Was 70 Years Ago With Giant Parade
Monkeys, war-criminal-shaped ice cream, and clear skies pave the way for an ostentatious military display.Jeb Bush Is Still Searching for His Best Political Self
His gaffes are overshadowing his strengths as a candidate. But even if he recovers, will there be a place for him in today's Republican Party?Obama Becomes First Sitting President to Visit Arctic, Use Selfie Stick
During his trip to highlight climate change.Aide Who Set Up Clinton’s Email Server Will Plead the Fifth
Before the House committee investigating the Benghazi attack.RNC Takes on Trump, Asks Candidates to Sign Loyalty Oath
It’s a bold effort to shut down the biggest threat to a Republican 2016 victory.Rand Paul Says Employed People Don’t Have Time for Heroin
He argued more jobs could help solve the addiction epidemic.The Pope’s Mass Chair Arrives in Madison Square Garden
Cardinal Timothy Dolan led the big reveal.
“He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”Thousands of Migrants Are Protesting Outside a Train Station in Hungary, As Europe’s Crisis Keeps Getting Worse [Updated]
Just one more volatile front.Judge Lets Marilyn Mosby Stay on Freddie Gray Case
The judge also denied a motion to dismiss charges against the Baltimore police officersObama Now Has Enough Votes to Get a Big Iran Deal Win [Updated]
On Wednesday, Barbara Mikulski became the 34th senator to support the nuclear agreement.New Yorkers Only Need to Wait a Half-Century for Subway Stations to Be in Great Shape
The wait will be over before you know it!California Is Curbing Solitary Confinement. That’s a Great Sign for America’s Prison System.
Long-term isolation will no longer be used as a method of social control.De Blasio Says NYC Won’t Go Back to ‘Bad Old Days’ As New Problems Greet Homeless Crisis
A roundup of de Blasio's reaction to the homeless problem this summer — and his critics' reactions to his reaction.Trump vs. Everybody Is the New McCain vs. Bush
The GOP's don't-tax-the-rich monopoly breaks open for the first time in 16 years.Rikers Inmate Beaten by Guards in 2012 Reportedly Gets 6-Figure Settlement
According to the New York Post, an official said it “was in the city’s best interest.”Los Angeles Is in the Running to Host the 2024 Olympic Games
Now that Boston has dropped out.