The brother of singer Ariana Grande was mugged in New York City, and the robbers ran off with his Louis Vuitton bag and iPhone before they were caught by police.
Frankie Grande, 39, was walking along Eighth Avenue near Times Square at about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday when two assailants struck him in the head from behind. One was carrying an imitation gun, and the other was wielding a razor blade.
Grande said they robbed him of his Louis Vuitton bag, AirPods, his iPhone 14 Pro, some sunglasses, and his wallet, which contained a bank card. Police said he sustained a minor injury but refused medical attention.
WABC-TV reported that the two suspects were apprehended after trying to use the bank card at a smoke shop near the site of the robbery, according to police.
One suspect is 17 years old, and the other is 13 years old.
The two suspects were charged with robbery, grand larceny, unlawful use of a credit card, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, menacing, and harassment.
The younger suspect was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
One merchant local to the area told the New York Post that the area had become “scary at times” with crime, including drug deals.
Grande issued a brief message to his fans on Instagram about the incident.
“Thank you for all of your prayers,” he wrote. “I am so thankful to be safe and healing. Keep shining bright and stay safe out there.”
In May, Ariana Grande joined other performers in an ad campaign with Planned Parenthood to advocate for abortion ahead of the midterm elections. Prior to that, in December, she was targeted by the woke mob for appearing Asian ,which many said was just her latest attempt to profit off of cultural appropriation.
Here’s more about the Grande theft:
Frankie Grande attacked, robbed near Times Square