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Fresh Meadows RadioShack employees tied up in armed robbery: NYPD

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Photos courtesy of NYPD

A pair of robbers walked into a RadioShack at a Fresh Meadows shopping center last week, tied up the store’s employees at gunpoint and stole cash and electronics, police said.

The robbery happened about 10:25 a.m. on Friday at the store located at 187-12 Horace Harding Expwy., according to authorities.

After the suspects entered the RadioShack, one of them displayed a silver firearm while the second forcibly bound the two employees with duct tape and then removed about $400 and various electronics devices, cops said. The suspects then fled.

Officers from the 107th Precinct responded to the scene. There were no injuries reported in the incident.

Police have released photos of the perpetrators, both described as black males. The first suspect was wearing a gray shirt, black sweater, black and white baseball cap, and black sneakers; and the second was wearing a light gray shirt with a black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.



Seven Queens students accepted to the US service academies

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Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Grace Meng's office

Seven recent high school graduates from Queens will be all they can be in their college years after being accepted into various U.S. military service academies with the assistance of Congresswoman Grace Meng.

The academies consist of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point; and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut.

Kate Gerodias from Middle Village graduated from Forest Hills High School and will be attending the Naval Academy; Zachary Kurre from Glendale graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School and will attend West Point this summer; Selah Cho of Fresh Meadows finished school at Marion Military Institute in Alabama and will attend West Point; Kevin Guo from Rego Park graduated from Hunter College High School and will be continuing his education at the Naval Academy; Julia Hsu from Flushing graduated from West Point Prep School and will go on to West Point this summer; John Makiling of Flushing graduated from Naval Academy Prep School and will continue on to the Naval Academy; and Daniel Zakrevski from Richmond Hill graduated from Bronx High School of Science and will be attending the Merchant Marine Academy.

“I am honored to congratulate these seven exceptional students,” Meng said. “All are outstanding individuals who will be future military leaders of our country. I have no doubt that they’ll make Queens and the nation proud.”

Students looking to attend the service academies are required to be nominated by their Congress member. The institutions then evaluate the nominations from across the nation and decide which nominees to accept.

The students nominated by Meng compete against students from across the country and must meet the highly competitive educational, physical and extracurricular standards set by the institutions. Meng’s Academy Review Board, which is a panel of local community leaders, assists Meng in the nomination process for students looking to attend the academies.

This year, a total of 33 students applied to be nominated by Meng. Of those 33 students, 20 were nominated by the Congresswoman.

To congratulate the students for being accepted to the service academies, Meng hosted a reception for them and their families at her office in Flushing. She also presented each student with a certificate of Congressional recognition.

Meng plans to continue her “U.S. Service Academy Information Night” for Queens students who are interested in applying to the U.S. Service Academies. The day and location will be announced in the near future.


Retired NYPD captain to launch bid for open City Council seat as Republican

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Photo via Facebook/ Joseph Concannon

When he first campaigned for City Council two years ago, retired NYPD Capt. Joseph Concannon ran on the Reform Party line and was trounced at the polls on Election Day by the incumbent, Councilman Mark Weprin.

Now that Weprin is out of the City Council and in with the Cuomo administration, Concannon is going for the now-vacant 23rd Council District seat again, but this time as a Republican.

Concannon is scheduled to formally announce his campaign on Monday, alongside Queens GOP leaders and supporters in front of the 105th Precinct stationhouse in Queens Village.

“Over the past few weeks and months, my close friends and family have been encouraging me to take my zeal for public service and community activism to the next level,” Concannon said in a press release issued Thursday. “Many of my friends as well as the people I meet every day express their dismay with the current leadership in the City Council, our mayor and the direction this city is headed in as a whole.”

While five Democrats are seeking the party’s nomination in the September primary, the Republicans appear to be unifying early around Concannon. Sources with the Queens GOP indicated earlier this week that he is the only Republican seeking the seat.

More evidence of GOP unity was noted in Concannon’s press release, which listed Queens GOP Chairman Bob Turner, Councilman Eric Ulrich — the lone Queens Republican in the city legislature — and Queens Conservative Party Chairman Tom Long as guests scheduled to attend the campaign launch.

In August 2013, Concannon launched a challenge to then-Councilman Weprin after the City Council passed into law the Community Safety Act, two bills bringing greater oversight to the NYPD and aiming to end “bias-based profiling.” Concannon opposed the act, claiming the regulations would impede police officers in their service, and received the support of numerous unions representing members of the NYPD.

Even so, Weprin was re-elected in November with 84 percent of the vote in the district covering all or parts of Bayside Hills, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens and Queens Village.

Since then, Concannon has remained politically active in holding rallies calling for public support of the NYPD, most recently following the murders of Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn last December, and P.O. Brian Moore in Queens Village in May.

“Not since the violence and division this city faced decades ago have people felt so disconnected from their government,” Concannon said in Thursday’s press release. “I am running to restore some respect and common sense to our local government, the kind of common sense that is embarrassingly lacking in the NYC Council.”

Concannon added that he plans “to spend the next few weeks and months earning the right to be their voice and champion.”


Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat won’t be filled until November

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Jeff Xie

Mark Weprin officially left the City Council on Sunday, June 14 — apparently three days too late for a non-partisan special election to fill his seat.

Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed on Monday that the vacancy will be filled at the Nov. 3 general election, and that the political parties will nominate candidates for the election in the Sept. 10 primary.

According to a spokesperson for the city Board of Elections, a non-partisan special election cannot occur if the vacancy occurs between 60 and 90 days of the scheduled September primary. Had Weprin resigned before June 11, the mayor would have been obligated to call a non-partisan election.

Weprin had announced in May he would step down from the City Council to join the Cuomo administration as deputy secretary for legislative affairs. At the time, he said he would leave within two weeks, but ultimately delayed his departure.

Following the traditional election format now leads to a competitive Democratic primary among previously announced candidates including former Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik; Rebecca Lynch, former assistant commissioner with the New York City Community Affairs Unit; Celia Dosamantes, former aide to Assemblyman David Weprin and Rep. Grace Meng; attorney Ali Najmi; and former City Council candidate Bob Friedrich.

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will face the Republican nominee in the general election. Sources close to the Queens County GOP identified retired NYPD Capt. Joe Concannon as a probable candidate.

Once the general election winner is certified, he or she will be sworn into office immediately and will fill out the remainder of Weprin’s term, which expires in 2017.

Regardless of the outcome, the 23rd Council District — which includes Bayside Hills, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens and Queens Village — will be without a voice in the City Council through November. Constituent services are continuing to function from the district office, and staff members are forwarding and following up on any complaints or service requests received.


Fresh Meadows street renamed for late religious leader

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Photo courtesy Councilman Rory Lancman's office

Local Catholics and elected officials gathered outside Holy Family Church in Fresh Meadows on Sunday to rename a nearby street in honor of the late Bishop Ignatius Catanello.

Catanello, 74, served the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens for 47 years as a priest, more than 20 of which took place at Holy Family Church. He took up residence at the parish rectory in 1988 after being appointed vicar of the diocese’s Queens South region, and was appointed the church’s pastor in 2007.

The bishop continued in service to the parish until his retirement in 2010, and he died in 2013 of a lengthy illness. Following his death, Councilman Rory Lancman and parishioners supported legislation to rename 74th Avenue between 175th Street and Utopia Parkway in Catanello’s honor.

Helping Lancman and members of the Catanello family unveil the tribute on Sunday were Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Rep. Grace Meng, Holy Family Pastor Fr. Casper Furnari and the Holy Family Knights of Columbus.

“Bishop Catanello devoted his life to helping the people of Queens,” Lancman said. “Co-naming 74th Avenue, right next to Holy Family Church where the bishop spent so much of his life, is a wonderful tribute to this caring and dedicated man who touched the lives of so many.”

Katz remembered Catanello’s “faith, scholarship and pastoral leadership” for setting “positive examples for all of us and [helping] to make the borough a better place to live and raise a family.”

A native of Brooklyn, Catanello was ordained a priest in May 1966. During his service, he had stints as pastor of several other Queens churches including St. Rita’s in Long Island City, St. Helen’s in Howard Beach and St. Ann’s in Flushing.

He also served as principal-rector of Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Elmhurst between 1991 and 1994 and was an adjunct professor for many years at St. John’s University; the Jamaica institution conferred him an honorary doctorate of law in 1989.

Pope John Paul II named Catanello an auxiliary bishop in 1994. He served the Diocese of Brooklyn as vicar of clergy and vicar for consecrated life and apostolic organizations. Catanello continued to serve Holy Family residence and was named its pastor in 2007. Health problems, however, forced Catanello to retire in 2010.

Parishioners and family members alike remembered the bishop fondly at Sunday’s ceremony.

“I met [him] when I joined Holy Family Parish and the Holy Family Knights of Columbus in 2008,” said Peter Joseph Petrino Jr. “For the five years that I knew him, he became like a second father to me.”

“I have observed if one wants to assess a person’s life, you can judge not so much on how much they loved people, but on how much they were loved,” added Deacon Joe Catanello, the late bishop’s brother, “and I have observed that the congregation loved him dearly.”


Improvements aim to end flood woes on Utopia Parkway

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Office of Rory Lancman


The intersection of Utopia Parkway and 65th Avenue in Fresh Meadows should no longer be plagued by flooding every time it rains.

Councilman Rory Lancman and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced Friday that several measures have been installed to mitigate flooding that has inundated residents for years.

The area has experienced severe floods since 1975 and residents have had to pump out their basements and repair flooded cars, spending thousands of dollars in the process.

The manhole cover in the area, which would have several feet of water shooting out of it when it rained, has been sealed and duckbill check valves have been installed in the catch basins. Duckbill check valves, which get their names from the shape they resemble, prevent back flow in the sewers.

“After years of dangerous road conditions and flooded basements, the Fresh Meadows community will now get some relief,” Lancman said. “These improvements will help limit future flooding on Utopia Parkway, where a veritable lake is formed during heavy storms and basements are inundated with dirty rainwater.”

Eric Landau, associate commissioner of public affairs for the DEP, said the rainfall early this week proved that these measures work.

“These improvements represent a great collaboration between DEP engineers and members of the community,” Landau said. “And this week’s heavy rains demonstrated that the infrastructure upgrades DEP recently completed worked and helped prevent flooding.”

According to Nadia Chait, communications director for Lancman’s office, the city has acknowledged that the infrastructure is overloaded and is working on a $6 billion multi-year effort to mitigate flooding in all of southeast Queens.

“That’s obviously a very large project, which is why we’re excited about what we’ve done today and [this project is] something that’s going to have an immediate impact for these homeowners,” she said.

DEP officials indicated this project will reduce flooding in the area by 65 percent.


Five-alarm inferno in Queens Village amid stormy weather

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@FDNY

Updated Monday, June 1, 11:24 a.m.

Firefighters battled a five-alarm inferno at a Queens Village commercial building Sunday night amid wild weather that caused street closures borough-wide due to flooding.

According to the FDNY, the blaze broke out at about 6:30 p.m. on the ground floor of the warehouse located in the area of 218th Street and 98th Avenue.

Hundreds of firefighters from across the city were battling the inferno, which was upgraded to a five-alarm fire at about 8:47 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported, and the blaze was brought under control about four hours later.

The 109th Precinct tweeted that the odor of heavy smoke from the fire wafted across northeast Queens. Residents in the Queens Village area were advised to keep their windows closed and limit outdoor activity until the smoke dissipated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, as thunderstorms carrying torrential rains rolled through the city, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reported numerous road closures due to flooding.

As of 9:01 p.m. Sunday night, the OEM reported flooding forced the closure of the westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway at Union Turnpike in Glendale and the Long Island Expressway at Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows. Both roads have since reopened.

The 104th Precinct also reported that part of Cypress Avenue at Vermont Place in Glendale was closed after a sinkhole developed at a construction site.


Francis Lewis JROTC to advance to national academic championship

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Photo courtesy of the Francis Lewis High School JROTC

The Francis Lewis High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) will be among only 26 out of 1,512 teams nationwide to compete in the JROTC National Academic Bowl in June.

Luwei Xiong, Tianhao Zhang, Lisha Zeng and Michele Lee will compete in Washington, D.C., from June 26 to 30 at the campus of The Catholic University of America. The winners of the Army JROTC Academic Championship will go on to compete against the winners of JROTC programs in the Air Force, the Marine Corps, and the Navy.

One of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare the participating high school students for state graduation exams and college entrance exams such as the SAT and the ACT.

To qualify for the final championship, the Francis Lewis team had to advance through two rounds of online competition testing them on their knowledge on JROTC curriculum, English, math and science.

The Francis Lewis JROTC program is well known for its academic and competitive achievement. Since 2003 the team has seen over 20 of their former members attending the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, a four-year federal service academy which only accepts 9 percent of applicants. The team also won the National High School Drill Team Championships with an almost perfect score in 2013.


Queens councilman calls for boost in non-public school safety

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Lancman's Office


Private schools deserve better protection, Councilman Rory Lancman, school administrators and students said during a Monday press conference in Fresh Meadows.

Lancman was joined by representatives from Yeshiva Ketana, Al-Mamoor School and St. Nicholas of Tolentine to rally for a bill that would provide NYPD safety officers to these and other non-public schools.

The bill is supported by 46 of 51 council members, according to a press release.

“We live in a dangerous world where terrorists will not hesitate to target even innocent schoolchildren,” Lancman said. “The city must provide all schools with safety officers. Non-public school students deserve the same safe learning environment that their public school peers enjoy.”

The bill was introduced by Councilman David Greenfield and would require the city to provide full funding for the NYPD to provide public, private, religious and secular schools with safety agents, if they request them.

According to the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), there are more than 5,200 school safety agents protecting New York City schools, making the School Safety Division one of the largest police forces in the country.

“It would be a tremendous benefit to the safety and well-being of our students to have an NYPD Safety Agent in our school,” Rabbi Binyomin, the Menahel of Yeshiva Ketana of Queens said.

School safety agents are unarmed but they are trained by the NYPD and are equipped with police radios to directly communicate with other NYPD officers.

“The administration, faculty and families of Al-Mamoor School strongly support this bill, which will provide our students with the protection they deserve,” Ismael Khalil, the president of Al-Mamoor School said. “We urge the City Council to pass this important legislation that will keep our students safe.”

Negotiations are being made for the city budget, and the deadline to finalize it is Tuesday, June 30. If funding for the budget is not approved, the City Council can take steps to pass the stand-alone bill.


Stop by these Queens Häagen-Dazs shops for Free Cone Day

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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Just in time for the warmer weather, Tuesday is Free Cone Day at Häagen-Dazs stores throughout the country, including four in Queens.

From 4 to 8 p.m., participating locations are offering one free kiddie-sized ice cream in either a cup, sugar cone or cake cone.

Free Cone Day will also feature two new artisan flavors — chocolate caramelized oat and banana rum jam.

The following Häagen-Dazs shops around the borough are taking part in the event:

  • New World Mall, 136-20 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing
  • Queens Center mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst
  • 70-40 Austin St., Forest Hills
  • 61-10 188th St., Fresh Meadows

For more Häagen-Dazs locations around New York City, click here.


Councilman Weprin to leave seat for Cuomo administration

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THE COURIER/file photo

Updated Tuesday, May 12, 12:35 p.m.

Councilman Mark Weprin gave his two weeks’ notice to the people of his district Monday, as he announced his departure from the City Council to take a job with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Weprin, 53, who has served in the 23rd Council District seat since 2010, is poised to become Cuomo’s deputy secretary of legislative affairs. He didn’t set a specific date when he would leave office, but in a statement, Weprin indicated his resignation would take effect “within the next two weeks.”

Prior to his City Council election, Weprin served for 15 years in the state Assembly, holding the seat previously held by his late father, former Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin. Mark Weprin was elected to the City Council seat in 2009 to succeed his brother, David, who made an unsuccessful run for City Comptroller.

David Weprin then won a special election in 2010 for his brother’s and father’s former Assembly seat.

“It has been an honor to represent eastern Queens as an elected official for 21 years,” Mark Weprin said in a statement Monday morning. “It has been my privilege to serve the people and families of my neighborhood. I am proud to have helped the communities I have represented to continue to be wonderful places to live, work and raise a family.”

At the start of his second City Council term, Mark Weprin was elected in January 2014 as chair of the City Council’s Queens delegation. He was also named chair of the Zoning and Franchises Committee and serves on the Land Use, Education, Economic Development, Oversight and Investigations, and Technology committees.

As deputy secretary for legislative affairs, Mark Weprin will reportedly serve as a liaison between Cuomo and leaders of the Assembly and state Senate on various matters.

“I have known Governor Cuomo for most of my life, and he is a leader of incredible talent,” Weprin added. “I look forward to this next step in my public career.”

Once the councilman’s resignation takes effect, the mayor must call for a non-partisan special election to be held within 60 days. Each candidate must secure their own party line; the established political parties cannot nominate a candidate of their own, but they may make an endorsement.

The 23rd Council District includes all or parts of Bayside Hills, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Hollis Park Gardens, Holliswood, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens and Queens Village.

As for who may replace Weprin in the City Council, one contender has already emerged — former Assemblyman and Deputy Queens Borough President Barry Grodenchik. He confirmed his interest in running for the seat in a phone interview with The Courier on Tuesday.

Other potential contenders, as reported in the New York Observer, include Dominic Panakal, chief-of-staff to Councilman Rory Lancman; local attorney Ali Najmi; civic activist and former City Council candidate Bob Friedrich; and former City Council and Assembly candidate Steve Behar.


Fresh Meadows woman named ‘Community Hero’

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Veronica Tsang


Veronica Tsang, a Fresh Meadows resident and senior vice president at Cathay Bank, was awarded the “Community Hero” award by the Museum of Chinese in America on Thursday.

Tsang was honored at Golden Unicorn Restaurant in Manhattan for her commitment to advancing the needs of the Chinese-American community .

“I hardly look at myself and say hero because I enjoy what I do. It’s part of life for me,” Tsang said. “I also want to let people know I would not be able to do this without the grace of Cathay Bank because our bank is also very, very supportive of our community… because without my boss and Cathay Bank’s support I would not be able to do so much.”

Tsang is active in a number of nonprofit organizations in the area, including as president of Gift of Life, an organization that provides free heart transplants for children with heart disease.

She is also a board member at the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts and a chairwoman for the community advisory council at New York Hospital Queens.

Tsang additionally acts as vice chair of the Chinese American Planning Council and serves on the finance committee for Holy Redeemer Academy in Flushing.


Star of Queens: Veronica Tsang, president, Gift of Life

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com



BACKGROUND: Veronica Tsang is a Fresh Meadows resident who loves to give back to her community. This passion has been recognized by the Museum of Chinese in America, which recently awarded Tsang with the “Community Hero” award for advancing the needs of the Chinese American community.

OCCUPATION: Tsang is the senior vice president of branch administration for the eastern regions at Cathay Bank. She is in charge of all retail branch business in New York, New Jersey and Chicago. She has worked at Cathay Bank for 10 years and previously worked at JPMorgan Chase.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Tsang is the president of Gift of Life, an organization that provides free heart transplants for children with congenital heart disease. She is also a board member at the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Tsang is a chairwoman for the community advisory council at New York Hospital Queens and serves on the finance committee for Holy Redeemer Academy in Flushing.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: “My greatest achievement is to provide mentorship and training to my team so that they become more successful in their career and personal life.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “How to utilize my limited resources to make a bigger impact in the business and community.”

INSPIRATION: “My husband is my greatest inspiration in my life. He taught me how to live life to the fullest. One of his favorite sayings is, “The best time is now. If you can do things today, why wait for tomorrow.”




Manhattan woman stole $350K from her Fresh Meadows mom: DA

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An Upper East Side woman was arraigned Tuesday on charges of stealing more than $340,000 from her elderly mother, a Fresh Meadows resident, prosecutors announced.

Barbara Schwartz, 62, of East 71 Street in Manhattan allegedly withdrew funds from her mother’s bank account to pay for spa treatments, clothing, alcohol and cab rides from 2010 to 2013.

She was arraigned Tuesday on a four-count indictment charging her with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Schwartz was ordered held on $50,000 bond.

Law enforcement sources said Schwartz came into control of her 91-year-old mother’s finances after the elderly woman suffered a stroke in 2008. Authorities were alerted to the theft by another child of the victim, and an analysis of the suspect’s bank records allegedly indicated that none of the money was used to benefit the ailing woman.

“The defendant’s mother spent a lifetime acquiring the assets needed to make her final years comfortable and free of the stress of financial worry, only to suffer a stroke and have her daughter allegedly steal the money for her own personal use,” Brown said.

Schwartz is scheduled to return to court on June 23.


Robbery suspect caught on video during dramatic holdup at Springfield Gardens Subway restaurant

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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police have released video footage of a March stickup at a Springfield Gardens Subway restaurant showing an employee struggling with the armed robber who, along with a partner, is wanted for two other heists.

The pair are accused of first robbing a Subway restaurant at 127-02 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica on Jan. 1 at about 9:20 p.m., authorities said. After entering the eatery, the first suspect put a gun to one victim’s head and demanded money while the second suspect held another victim to the floor.

The suspects, who were wearing masks and dark clothing, then took about $500 before fleeing on foot southbound on 127th Avenue.

On Jan. 3, at about 10 p.m., they targeted a Fresh Meadows gas station at 181-05 Horace Harding Expy., according to police. The two suspects entered the business wearing masks, gloves and dark clothing, and displayed a silver firearm before taking around $500.

In the latest incident, on March 17, at about 10 p.m., an unknown number of suspects who were wearing masks, gloves and black hooded jackets came into a Springfield Gardens Subway restaurant, located at 219-25 North Conduit Ave., displayed a dark gray handgun and demanded that safe be opened, police said.

As video footage released by the NYPD shows, one of the suspects briefly struggled with an employee over his gun. The suspects then fled on foot eastbound on North Conduit Avenue.

No injuries were reported to police in any of the incidents.

The suspects are described as two black men, between 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing between 190 to 230 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.