What the--? An Upper West Side mom and her 3-month-old son Jackson were mugged in broad daylight, at gunpoint, in the center of Central Park? (10AM, near the Bandshell) The guy waves a gun in the kid's face and takes the mom's rings--her 5-carat rock and a Tiffany engagement band. Don't worry, it's cubic zirconia, a placeholder until the baby weight comes off. [The kid? He's fine. Didn't even blink, partly because the mugger was beyond his 3-foot focal range.]
Says Grandpa on Park, who's seen many thugs over the years as a newsman at Fox 5, "The thug broke the code of thugdom by pointing a gun at a 3-month-old baby." "How low could someone stoop," asks her husband (unusually, also named) Jackson, who had originally presented the ring in a fondue pot [a detail unmentioned in the couple's NYT wedding announcement].
For her part, Mom tells NY Newsday that "she worries for other young mothers who stroll with their young babies in trendy Bugaboo strollers, wearing large diamond rings on their fingers. "We're the perfect targets."
Used to be a woman'd never push her $700 stroller alone in the Park, she'd never wear her rings, and there was only one kid named Jackson in the whole class. Those days are long gone, my friend.