Kevin Cook, one of two men robbed by the duo shortly after midnight Saturday, said one mugger displayed a gun and said he would shoot the victims if they made any noise, WINS-AM, New York, reported Monday.
The robbers took a cellphone, a briefcase and a wallet containing about $114 cash. But Cook said one of the robbers gave him back his phone.
"He just took a look at it and he didn't recognize it at all. I just assumed that he couldn't make any money off of it. So he handed it back to me and a minute later I was able to call 911 and get the whole thing started," Cook said.
Cook said there turned out to be an upside to his outdated 2010 LG Quantum.
"It's like, finally a pro for having something out of date," he said.
The robbers were described as a black man and a Hispanic man, both in their 20s.