A 36-year-old New York man was robbed at gunpoint Friday night while taking photographs at Buckingham Fountain, police said.
The victim, who police said was from Yorktown Heights, an area about 35 miles north of New York City, was taking pictures around the fountain in the 500 block of South Columbus Drive about 8 p.m. Friday when a man approached and began asking him questions, police said.
After that man walked away, two other men in their early 20s walked up the footpath toward the 36-year-old and one, brandishing a handgun, ordered him to “give it up,’’ according to a police report.
The victim gave them a camera he said was worth $5,000, his iPhone and wallet, and the two robbers fled south.
The victim walked back to his hotel in the 600 block of South Michigan Avenue and called police. Police tried to locate his cellphone by using a tracking application on his phone, but the robbers had turned it off.
The two robbers are described as being in their 20s, dressed in black jackets with gray hoodies underneath that were “tightened’’ to conceal their faces, and dark pants, police said.