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Lawyers: Stolen items on teen arrested in mugging spree

A former Vermont boarding-school student charged in a Central Park mugging spree was riding a victim's bike when arrested - with another victim's ID in his pocket, prosecutors said Friday.

Jesse Wasserman, 17, was released on $150,000 bail after his arraignment Friday on robbery charges. He didn't enter a plea and kept mum as he left a Manhattan courthouse, flanked by his psychologist mother, a rabbi and other supporters.

"He intends to fight" the charges, said his lawyer, Norman Steiner.

Authorities say Wasserman and a yet-unidentified accomplice held up three men at gunpoint within 40 minutes around midnight Wednesday, initially approaching victims to ask for directions. The thieves took a bike, a backpack, a wallet and other items, prosecutors said.

Two victims identified Wasserman as one of the robbers, prosecutors said.

The accomplice brandished the weapon in at least two of the robberies, according to a court document. Police questioned another man but released him.

Wasserman attended the Vermont Academy, a private preparatory school that boasts on-campus skiing and snowboarding facilities, in 2009, and left last November, according to officials at the Saxtons River school. They wouldn't discuss the reason for his departure.

Wasserman now goes to New Rochelle High School, and is working construction jobs during the summer, his lawyer said.

He faces a warrant for not paying a fine on a disorderly conduct violation in March in White Plains, according to court records.

If convicted of the robberies, he could face a total of 15 to 75 years in prison. - AP

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