Suspect sought in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx bank robberies


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Photo courtesy of NYPD
Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for Derek Colon, 24, in connection to eight robberies in three different boroughs.

The NYPD is looking for a man wanted in connection to eight bank robberies, which occurred in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx last month.

In each incident, according to police, the suspect, Derek Colon, 24, entered the bank and passed a note to the teller without displaying or simulating any weapons. He succeeded in stealing cash during half of the robberies.

Starting on Saturday, November 10, he hit an Emigrant Savings at 370 East 149th Street in the Bronx around 11:45 a.m., and fled with an undetermined amount of money, said authorites.

A few days later, he struck a Chase bank at 726 Grand Avenue in Brooklyn, but did not leave with cash.

On the afternoon of Monday, November 19, within 30 minutes, the suspect robbed two more Bronx banks, then another one in the borough on November 21.

On Friday, November 23, Colon hit his first Queens bank at 70-01 Forest Avenue in Ridgewood.

The two most recent robberies, also in Ridgewood, occurred last Friday.

At around 3 p.m. Colon struck a bank at 918 Seneca Avenue, but fled without stealing any money.

Immediately after, he robbed a bank located at 56-29 Myrtle Avenue, and was able to get away with cash.

Police describe Colon as 5’6″ tall and 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information in regard to this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.