Police have taken into custody a Harlem man as a person of interest in last week's brazen Manhattan diamond district heist that netted over $500,000 in cash and jewelry, officials said late Monday.
Members of the federal and state fugitive task force picked up Rondu Frisby, 37, at his home on West 147th Street Monday afternoon to question him about the Nov. 11 strong-arm robbery at Watch Standard Jewelry on West 47th Street near Fifth Avenue, police said. As of late Monday no charges had been filed against Frisby.
A second man is being sought, the NYPD also said Monday night. Police said they are looking for Leon Fenner, 58, but gave no further details of his involvement.
Frisby, who online directories indicated previously lived in Georgia and Pennsylvania, is believed to have worked at the store, police said. Investigators had been looking into the possibility that the crime was an inside job.
The daytime robbery was carried out by two men caught on surveillance video outside the store building. Police said one, dressed in a dark overcoat and cloth cap, entered the jewelry store on the eighth floor posing as a delivery man and used a handgun to corral several employees while his accomplice waited in the hallway.
The gunman then struck store owner Boris Mikhaylov with the gun when he came into the room. Police said neither of the men recorded on the video were Frisby.
No one answered the telephone at Frisby's Manhattan apartment Monday.