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Two Queens Chase banks robbed within six hours: cops


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A pair of Chase Bank branches in neighboring Ridgewood and Middle Village were robbed on the same day, police said.

The first Chase branch, at 70-01 Forest Ave. in Ridgewood, was hit at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, cops said. After entering the bank, the suspect passed a note demanding money, and he took $2,617 in cash before fleeing.

Another Chase location, at 74-07 Eliot Ave. in Middle Village, was robbed just before 5 p.m. the same day, according to police. The suspect, armed with a gun, entered the bank and passed a note demanding cash from the teller. The teller then handed $8,825 in cash over to the suspect.

Authorities describe the suspect in the Ridgewood robbery as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium complexion and medium build. He was wearing a black bubble coat and a gray hoodie.

The suspect in the Middle Village robbery is described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with a medium complexion and medium build. He was wearing a gray ski cap, dark sunglasses, a gray coat and a multicolored scarf.

Police are still investigating whether the two robberies are connected.

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 arrested in violent robbery of elderly Sunnyside man


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

One of the suspects who robbed an 81-year-old man at a Sunnyside ATM after punching him in the face earlier this fall has been arrested, police said.

Thomas Fullwood, 29, of the Bronx, has been charged with two counts of robbery in the Oct. 26 incident, according to authorities.

William Eichhorn, 81, was approached by two men after he withdrew money from an ATM at the Chase Bank at 46-10 Queens Blvd. about 9:23 a.m. that day. The suspects then punched Eichhorn in the face and stole $100 in cash and a debit card before fleeing the scene, police said.

Surveillance footage shows the suspects following Eichhorn, who is legally blind, inside the bank that Sunday morning.

The arrest comes after police released several photos of the suspects and offered a $2,000 reward for any information leading to their arrests. The surrounding community, Eichhorn’s family and local officials also came together on Nov. 4 to call for the public’s help in identifying and catching the suspects.

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Another man wanted in the robbery is still at large. (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Police are still looking for the second suspect, described as a heavy-set black man in his 20s to 30s.

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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New photo released of suspect in robbery, assault of 81-year-old Sunnyside man


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Three weeks after an elderly man was punched and robbed at a Sunnyside ATM, police have released another photo of one of the men suspected in the brutal crime.

William Eichhorn, 81, was approached by two suspects after he withdrew money from an ATM at the Chase Bank at 46-10 Queens Blvd. about 9:23 a.m. on Oct. 26. The suspects, described as two heavy-set black men in their 20s to 30s, then punched Eichhorn in the face and stole $100 in cash and a debit card before fleeing the scene, authorities said.

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Surveillance footage shows the suspects following Eichhorn, who is legally blind, inside the bank that Sunday morning.

Police are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to the arrests of the suspects and released two photos of them earlier this month.

William Eichhorn asks for the community's help in finding the suspects who robbed him. (THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano)

William Eichhorn asks for the community’s help in finding the suspects who robbed him. (THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano)

The surrounding community, Eichhorn’s family and local officials also came together on Nov. 4 to call for the public’s help in identifying and catching the suspects.

“I had a wonderful life here before this event and I hope to continue to have one in the future, and I hope we don’t have any more incidents like this,” Eichhorn said that day.

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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Sunnyside community calls for arrests in violent mugging of 81-year-old


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A Sunnyside community is outraged and looking for justice after an 81-year-old legally blind man was brutally punched and robbed inside a bank during broad daylight.

On Oct. 26 at about 9:23 a.m., William Eichhorn was approached by two suspects after he withdrew money from an ATM at the Chase bank at 46-10 Queens Blvd. The suspects, described as two heavy-set black men in their 20s to 30s, “brutally punched” Eichhorn in the face and stole $100 in cash and a debit card before fleeing the scene, authorities said.

The surrounding community, Eichhorn’s family and local officials are now asking for the public’s help in identifying and catching the suspects.

“This community is united in making sure we catch these two vicious criminals and lock them behind bars because if they would dare to attack Mr. Eichhorn in broad daylight in this bank and knock him to the ground, in a crime that could have been much worse than it was, they would do this to anybody,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in front of the Chase bank after he helped the 108th Precinct hand out flyers with surveillance photos of the suspects.

According to police, surveillance footage shows the suspects following Eichhorn inside the bank that Sunday morning.

“I had a wonderful life here before this event and I hope to continue to have one in the future, and I hope we don’t have any more incidents like this,” said Eichhorn, who has frequented the bank without any issues in the past. 

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Photos courtesy of NYPD

According to family members, after Eichhorn was attacked, an unidentified “good Samaritan” heard his cries for help and came to his aid, calling 911 and escorting him to the precinct.

“What is important to note is that this is a racially diverse community, it’s a community that is just a community of good people that stand by one another and this is not something that normally happens here and the entire community is outraged,” said MaryAnn Gasparro, Eichhorn’s daughter.

Police are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to the arrests of the suspects. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Cops searching for Queens serial bank robber


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a suspect wanted in five bank robberies and two attempted heists around Queens over the past two years.

The latest incident occurred on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. at a Santander Bank on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, cops said. During the robbery, the suspect passed a demand note but left without any money.

The other robberies, which date back to July 2012, took place in the Long Island City, Astoria, East Elmhurst and Middle Village areas of the borough, officials said. In the suspect’s most successful theft, on Dec. 12, 2012 at a Chase Bank at 77-01 31st Ave., he fled with $12,400, cops said.

Police describe the suspect as Hispanic, 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a baseball hat with a New York Yankees symbol on the front, a button down short sleeve shirt, tinted eyeglasses and a black wrist watch on his left wrist, and had a light beard connected to a goatee.

Authorities have released a photo of the suspect from the July 22 attempted robbery and a June 7 robbery at a Chase Bank at 77-01 31st Ave.

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.

Cops arrest Maspeth bank robbery suspect


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

A man was arrested and charged with committing a bank robbery in Maspeth on Tuesday, police said.

Jimmie Knight, 56, a Staten Island resident, walked into the Chase Bank at 66-02 Grand Ave. about 3:25 p.m. and indicated that he had a weapon in his coat pocket, cops said. He then removed money from the bank and fled.

Police searched the area until they found Knight, who was at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 64th Street.

Knight was charged with robbery, menacing, criminal possession of stolen property and harassment, cops said.

 

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Police searching for suspect in string of south Queens bank robberies


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a man in connection with a string of bank robberies yesterday in South Richmond Hill and Jamaica.

The incidents culminated with a robbery of Astoria Federal Savings Bank on 179-25 Hillside Avenue at about 10:20 a.m. The suspect entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding money, cops said. The teller handed him $3,300 and the man fled.

Before that incident police said the man also attempted to rob a Chase Bank on 103-48 Lefferts Blvd at about 9:14 and a Citi Bank on 121-11 Liberty Avenue a few minutes later using a similar method, but the tellers didn’t comply in either situation.

The suspect is described as a black male between 20-30 years old, about six feet tall and 185-200 pounds, authorities said. He was seen wearing black sunglasses, a tan shirt and a black lumberjack style hat in the Chase robbery. Then during the Citi Bank robbery incident he was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black lumberjack hat, black shoes and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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Backhoe used to break into Maspeth bank


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police are investigating a failed Maspeth bank break-in where a backhoe was used to try to steal an ATM machine, according to authorities.

The theft took place at a Chase Bank branch on 48th Street near 54th Road early this morning, said police.

Cops said nothing was taken during the break-in.

(THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre)

 

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Two wanted for Flushing attempted bank robbery


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for two men who tried to rob a bank in Flushing over the weekend.

Around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at a Chase Bank location at 71-41 Main Street, one of the suspects passed a note to a teller demanding money while the other suspect waited by the customer service area, according to police.

The teller walked away and both suspects fled the location on foot without taking any cash.

Police describe the first suspect as a man in his 20s, 5’7″ tall, 120 pounds, slim build, with a mustache and wearing a black knitted hat and dark sweater.

The second suspect is a black man in his 20s, 5’10″ tall, 120 pounds, with a blond mohawk haircut and wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt.

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 by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Knicks bring ‘Basketball in the Boroughs’


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Basketball in the Boroughs, an initiative by by the New York Knicks and Chase Bank, tipped-off with a spotlight on Queens.

The Knicks’ game at Madison Square Garden against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, December 9 began with the national anthem sung by recording artist and Queens native Lea Sunshine. Queens residents were featured throughout the evening, with a talent search and honors for volunteers throughout the borough.

After the game, Sunshine Tweeted that she was thrilled to take the Garden floor as a native New Yorker. Her favorite part of the night was a congratulations from Knicks superfan Spike Lee after the ceremony.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Knicks and the city of New York to launch Basketball in the Boroughs,” said Colleen Canny, senior vice president and northeast regional manager for Chase. “It’s a creative way to inspire these young fans right in their own neighborhoods while reinforcing our commitment to the communities we serve throughout New York City.”

Larry Johnson, a popular former Knick and the team’s Basketball and Business Operations Representative, as well as some of the Knicks City Dancers, met with fans at the Chase Bank on Queens Boulevard and 46th Street in Sunnyside on December 3. Later that day, current players Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith met with fans at a Fresh Meadows branch.

The team also hosted a free basketball clinic at the Sorrentino Recreation Center in Far Rockaway on Thursday, December 6, with a second appearance by Johnson and the City Dancers. Other attendees included Knicks training coaches and State Senator Malcolm Smith.

“It was phenomenal,” said Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, chief of Queens recreation at NYC Parks and Recreation.

During the clinic, kids from P.S. 20 did actual NBA drills with coaches and push ups with Johnson. At the end of the day, the kids were given tickets to Sunday night’s game, Rodriguez-Rosa said, and were featured on the big screen as part of the evening’s celebrations.

The program will continue spotlighting Staten Island in January; Brooklyn in February; The Bronx in March; and Manhattan in April.

Police seek suspects in Queens bank robberies


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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The NYPD is seeking information about three different bank robberies that occurred in Queens over the last three weeks. Though unrelated, they each occurred on a weekday morning and resulted in no injuries, according to police. In only one incident, the suspect left with cash.

On Friday, August 31, around 11:45 a.m., a man entered a Citibank at 107-01 71st Avenue in Forest Hills. He handed a note to a bank teller, but fled without any money, said police. He is described as a white male in his thirties, 5’7″ tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, shorts, sunglasses and was holding a white towel.

A man entered a Chase Bank location at 138-02 Queens Boulevard in Jamaica on Friday, September 14 around 9 a.m. and passed a demand note to a teller, said police. He then fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect is described as a black male in his early thirties, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark pants, black backpack and a black baseball cap.

On Monday, September 17, around 10:30 a.m., a man entered a Capital One Bank at 122-03 14th Avenue in College Point and passed a brown bag to a teller, demanding money. When the teller refused to hand over cash, the suspect retrieved the brown bag and fled on foot eastbound on Van Wyck Expressway Service Road towards Queens Boulevard. The suspect is described as a white male in his thirties, 5’9″ tall, medium build and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans, dark sunglasses and a gray cap.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

NYPD searching for suspect in 3 bank robberies


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with three bank robberies throughout Queens.

The incidents took place at Chase Banks in Maspeth, Corona and Forest Hills between February 4 and March 24.

In each instance the suspect approached the teller and handed them a note demanding money.

Police described the suspect as a black male in his 30s approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information in regard to these incidents 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM

 

Police search for serial bank robber


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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A suspect wanted for three February robberies has struck twice more in March, police said.

Last month, the suspect robbed three Chase banks in Rego Park, Long Island City and Forest Hills, according to authorities, all of which are located along Queens Boulevard.

Police say the suspect is responsible for two more bank robberies that occurred at a Jamaica Capital One and a Maspeth Chase this month, with the most recent incident taking place on Thursday, March 15.

The suspect enters the bank and hands a note to the teller demanding money, police said. He then flees the location.

Police described the suspect as a black male in his 30s, standing 6-feet-2-inches tall.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Police search for suspect in three Queens bank robberies


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Police are searching for a suspect they believe is responsible for three February bank robberies.

The suspect hit three Chase banks all along Queens Boulevard. In each instance the suspect, described by police as a 30-year-old black male, approached the teller with a note demanding money.

The three robberies occurred on February 3, February 14 and February 23 at the Rego Park, Long Island City and Forest Hills branches, respectively.

The suspect made off with money only one of the three times.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the suspect 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

 

Police search for forged check suspects


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Police are looking for four suspects they say cashed forged checks worth over $40,000.

The suspects visited various Queens Chase Banks on November 21 and 22 cashing 25 forged checks worth over $40,000, according to police.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.