Laura Murray did what many struggling artists do to make ends meet. She sketched portraits in Central Park to help cover rent and other expenses. One day in the middle of the afternoon, just as she entered her Harlem apartment building, she was ambushed and dragged toward the end of a dark hallway by two men.
“The taller of the two pulled out a gun and pointed it at my chest and my stomach area and said ‘don’t scream or i’ll shoot you,’” recalled Muray.
The muggers took the two dollars Murray had in her wallet, her earrings and an mp3 player before taking off. When she was finally safe, Murray broke down, called police and then did the only thing she could think of: she started to sketch the gunman’s face.
A detective called and said they caught two men mugging another young woman in the area and one of the culprits looked just like Murray’s sketch. Robert Yarbrough and his nephew were arrested by police. Yarbrough had prior convictions on rape, drugs and weapons charges.