Suspects sought in string of citywide robberies


| mchan@queenscourier.com |

Photos courtesy of NYPD
Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for the suspects responsible for a string of robberies in Queens and Manhattan.

The thieves, both males and females, have robbed a number of victims at gunpoint in the two boroughs at least eight separate times, authorities said.

They usually work in pairs and have a pattern of approaching unsuspecting victims, displaying either a firearm or knife, and then demanding their possessions — often their PIN numbers, too — before fleeing, police said.

Two black males took a woman’s purse and jewelry at gunpoint during the first instance on June 29. The robbery took place near Slocum Crescent and Greenway Terrace.

The next day, a 24-year-old female victim entered a four-door sedan, which she believed to be a cab, and was robbed by three black women inside the vehicle. They took her purse, debit card and demanded her PIN number before dropping her off in front of 467 West 49th Street, police said.

The crimes continue up until at least July 5, when a black female robbed a 33-year-old man in Manhattan near Perry Street and Hudson Street at gunpoint. She demanded the PIN number to his debit card and robbed him of his belongings before fleeing.

A victim’s hands were bound by a cord, in one instance, while two suspects withdrew money from his account at a nearby ATM, police said.

Authorities say both male and female suspects are black and in their early to mid 20s.

One female is about 5-feet-8, between 180 and 190 pounds, while the other is 5-feet-2, between 110 and 115 pounds.

One male suspect is about 6-feet, 180 pounds and the other is described as 5-feet-5.

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

 

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