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Cops nab pair who used BB gun to rob man on Ridgewood street


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Two men were arrested last week after they allegedly used a BB gun to rob a man on a Ridgewood street, prosecutors revealed on Tuesday.

Ridgewood’s Enis Mustafa, 30, and Astrit Kupi, 22, were collared by 104th Precinct officers shortly after the stickup, which occurred at 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 10 in the area of 60th Place and Putnam Avenue, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

Reportedly, the two suspects approached the male victim and attempted to yank the gold chain he was wearing around his neck.

Police said Kupi then allegedly punched the man in the face, and Mustafa pulled a black firearm out of his waistband, pointed it at the victim and demanded additional property.

The victim removed the gold chain as well as a gold bracelet from his wrist and nearly $400 in cash and threw them to the ground. Kupi and Mustafa picked up the items, then ordered the victim to leave.

According to the criminal complaint, responding officers soon spotted Kupi and Mustafa walking in the vicinity of 60th Street and 70th Avenue and stopped them; both men fit the description of the suspects.

Officers found the stolen cash in Kupi’s pants pocket, while the gold chain and bracelet — as well as a BB gun allegedly used in the robbery — were found on the ground near where the suspects were stopped.

Kupi and Mustafa were charged with second-degree armed robbery, second-degree robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. Both remain held on $25,000 bond or $15,000 cash bail, according to court records.

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Robbers beat up man inside Jamaica basement


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Three men are wanted for allegedly roughing up and robbing a 24-year-old man in the basement of a Jamaica apartment building Wednesday afternoon.

According to authorities, the suspects — described as black males between 20 and 25 years of age — entered the structure at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 172nd Street at 2:45 p.m. on June 17.

Reportedly, the crooks approached the victim in the basement and displayed firearms. Police said the perpetrators then used the weapons to repeatedly strike the victim before taking his keys and fleeing the scene.

Officers from the 103rd Precinct responded to the incident. The victim sustained minor injuries.

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

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Far Rockaway supermarket robbed at gunpoint


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a suspect in the armed robbery of a Far Rockaway grocery store early Friday morning.

At 2 a.m. the suspect approached an employee at RR Food Store at 552 Beach 25th St., then displayed a firearm and demanded cash, according to authorities. He was able to flee the location with about $300 in cash.

There were no injuries sustained during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a male wearing a black sweatshirt with red trim on the shoulders and sides.

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

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Cops searching for armed robber who hit Flushing sandwich shop


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a man wanted for the armed robbery of a Subway restaurant in Flushing.

On May 12 at about 7:45 p.m., a man walked into the establishment located at 25-52 Francis Lewis Blvd., displayed a firearm and demanded money, according to cops.

The cashier obeyed and the suspect then fled with an undetermined amount of money. There were no injuries reported during this incident, police said.

The suspect is described as a white man in his early 40s, 5 foot 8 inches tall, and weighing 185 pounds.

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

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Armed crook steals safe cash from Maspeth distributor


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Detectives are searching for the gun-toting suspect who pulled off a heist Monday at a Maspeth auto parts distributor.

Police said the robbery occurred at 5:30 p.m. inside World Pac Auto Parts located at 55-55 58th St., near 55th Drive.

According to authorities, the suspect — described as a Hispanic male standing 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with a dark complexion and hazel eyes — walked into the business and displayed a black revolver.

The crook reportedly ordered three employees to open the safe. When they refused to comply with the request, the perpetrator fired a shot into the ground; no one was struck or injured, police said.

After he fired the warning shot, the employees complied with the crook’s request and opened the safe, according to the NYPD. The bandit then removed an unknown amount of cash and ordered the employees to hand over their wallets and cellphones.

Once the workers provided the suspect with their belongings, authorities said, the suspect ordered them to lie face down on the floor and count to 120, then made his getaway.

There were no injuries reported.

The bandit was last observed wearing a black hat, a gray shirt, black jeans and black sneakers.

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

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Police looking for pair in Hollis barbershop stickup


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Two armed robbers busted into a Hollis barbershop earlier this month, firing a gun before taking $1,600, gold jewelry and cellphones, according to police.

The holdup, which was captured on surveillance video, took place at the Strickly Skillz Barbershop just before 2 a.m. on April 12 on Hollis Avenue, near 191st Street, law enforcement sources said.

The duo reportedly entered the business while pointing their guns at three men inside — a 33-year-old, a 29-year-old and a 23-year-old. The suspects then rifled through the victims’ pockets and took $1,600, three cellphones, gold chains and a driver’s license. While searching the victims, one of the suspects fired off his weapon but did not injure them.


After grabbing the victims’ property, the suspects then fled southbound on Hollis Avenue, according to authorities.

Police describe both suspects as black men in their 30s. One of the men was last seen wearing black pants, a black jacket and a black hat with a white symbol on the front. The second perpetrator was last seen wearing a ski mask with gloves and had long dreadlocks tied in a bunch.

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

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Bandits behind armed robbery at Jamaica bodega still at large


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Police continue to search for two men who robbed a Jamaica grocery store at gunpoint last week.

The heist happened at 3 p.m. on April 7 inside the Stop 1 bodega located at 137-38 Jamaica Ave., authorities said.

According to police, one of the two suspects displayed a black firearm upon entering the business and demanded cash from a store clerk. Both suspects then walked behind the counter, grabbed more than $500 in cash and fled the scene in an unknown direction.


The NYPD described the gun-toting crook as a 30-year-old black male standing 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

His accomplice was described by police as a black male last seen wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, a dark jacket and blue jeans.

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

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Pair wanted in armed robbery of Bayside 7-Eleven


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A man and his female accomplice robbed a Bayside 7-Eleven at gunpoint last month, taking off with cash, cigarettes and several cans of beer, police said.

The duo entered the 202-15 Northern Blvd. convenience store just after 3 a.m. on Jan. 5 and displayed a gun while demanding money.

They then took $300 in cash, and several packs of Newport cigarettes and cans of beer, cops said.

Police have released video footage of the suspects and described the man, who was holding the gun, as about 5 feet 7 inches tall. The woman is about 4 feet 11 inches tall.

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

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Police looking for suspect in attempted armed robbery of off-duty cop


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A masked man threatened to kill an off-duty cop during an attempted armed robbery in Jamaica earlier this month, police said.

The suspect approached the victim, a 30-year-old NYPD officer who was off duty at the time, on Sutphin Boulevard near Linden Boulevard at about 1:10 a.m. on Dec. 6 and pulled out a gun, cops said. The victim took cover behind a vehicle, drew his firearm and identified himself to the suspect.

The suspect then said he was going to kill the officer and came up to the vehicle, police said. Both the officer and the suspect circled the vehicle and the suspect fired once before fleeing on foot.

No one was injured.


Police have released a video showing the suspect walking toward the officer, and then circling the vehicle, and describe him as in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds.

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

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Pair sought in armed robbery of South Ozone Park laundromat


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Police are looking for two robbers who they say held up a South Ozone Park laundromat at gunpoint last week before getting away with just $216 in cash.

The two suspects entered the laundromat at 35-13 Lefferts Blvd. about 4 a.m. on Dec. 10 and forced a 19-year-old employee to the back of the business, cops said. One of the suspects then took a driver’s license and $20 from the employee while the other suspect grabbed $196 from the register.

The pair then fled northbound on Lefferts Boulevard and got into a white sedan, police said.

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

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Pair suspected in second travel agency robbery


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Two suspects who tied up the employees of a Howard Beach travel agency during an armed robbery last week are likely connected to a second travel agency robbery in Queens just days later, authorities said.

In both incidents, the suspects tied up the business’s employees at gunpoint before trying to take money from the safe.

The suspects, both armed with guns, entered Liberty Travel on Cross Bay Boulevard about 9:40 a.m. on Nov. 7, and ordered its six employees to the back of the agency, police said. They then zip-tied the employees and asked for the location of the safe. The suspects then took an undetermined amount of money from the safe and the employees’ cell phones before fleeing.

Police believe the same two men robbed the Crown Travel Agency in South Richmond Hill on Wednesday morning.

Two men, one armed with a gun, entered the 118th Street business about 11 a.m. and zip-tied the employees. They then demanded that the employees open the safe. When they could not open it, the suspects took an undetermined amount of money from a cash tin in the office as well as jewelry and cash from the two employees and then fled.

Photos of the suspects captured during the robbery at Crown Travel Agency.

Photos of the suspects captured during the robbery at Crown Travel Agency.

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

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Photos released of suspects in armed robbery at Howard Beach travel agency


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The search continues for two suspects who tied up the employees of a Howard Beach travel agency during an armed robbery Friday morning.

The pair, both armed with guns, entered Liberty Travel, located at 156-40 Cross Bay Blvd., about 9:40 a.m. and ordered its six employees to the back of the agency, police said. They then zip-tied the employees and asked for the location of the safe.

The suspects took an undetermined amount of money from the safe and the employee’s cell phones before fleeing, authorities said.

No one was injured in the robbery.

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

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Suspect wanted in Queens mini-mart armed robberies


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Cops are looking for a suspect who held up two gas station mini-marts in Queens this month.

The first robbery occurred at a Mobil gas station on Elliot Avenue, near 69th Street in Middle Village on Oct. 4. Police said the suspect entered the station’s mini-mart at about 7:35 p.m., brandished a gun and demanded money from a store employee. The suspect then fled with $800.

Three days later, the same suspect allegedly robbed a CITGO mini-mart on 101st Avenue near Rockaway Boulevard at gunpoint. An employee at the Ozone Park business handed over the cash and the suspect left with $3,000 around 10:00 p.m.

Police have released a photo of the suspect from the Oct. 4 robbery.

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

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Armed robber stole more than $4K from Queens Zoo: NYPD  


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Photo by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Police are looking for a suspect who held up two employees at the Queens Zoo Sunday afternoon, taking off with thousands in cash.

The armed robbery, first reported by NYC Park Advocates, happened around 4:30 p.m., an hour before closing at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park zoo, according to authorities. The suspect allegedly came up to two zoo workers, a 56-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man, and displayed a gun.

He then pointed the weapon at the woman while the other employee filled a bag with $4,873, cops said. The suspect then fled.

Authorities describe the suspect as Hispanic, around 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds.

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Cops looking for Queens jewelry store thieves


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Police are searching for a suspect who tried to rob a Glendale jewelry store last month before holding up a Rego Park jewelry store with two other men this month.

The first robbery happened on Aug. 16 at about 12:20 p.m. at a jewelry store on Myrtle Avenue near 69th Place, cops said. After displaying a gun, the suspect struck a 64 year-old man with the butt of the weapon before fleeing empty-handed. The victim was not taken to the hospital.

Cops believe the same man, along with two other suspects, robbed a jewelry store on Queens Boulevard near 64th Road at about 1:50 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to authorities.

One of the suspects displayed a gun and discharged one round into the floor. The suspects then took several pieces of jewelry and fled and in a gray BMW X3. None of the robbery victims were injured.

Authorities have released video footage from the latest robbery.

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

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