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Suspect wanted in connection with two bank robberies


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The NYPD is looking for a man in connection with two bank robberies.

The first robbery occurred on Nov. 8, 2013 at about 12:26 p.m. at Apple Bank, located at 43-73 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, according to police. The suspect entered the bank and handed a note to the bank teller demanding money. The teller obeyed and then the suspect fled with $639.

The second incident took place on Jan. 11 at about 12:28 p.m. when the suspect entered an Astoria Federal Savings Bank and handed the teller a note demanding money, said police. The teller complied and the suspect them fled with $1,122.

Police are describing the suspect as a 30-35 year old black male, who is about 6 feet tall and weighs between 220-240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark knit cap and a dark jacket with a hooded sweatshirt.

The NYPD has released surveillance photos from the two incidents.


Incident #2 – Astoria Federal Savings Bank

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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Reward for missing autistic teen increased to $75K as search continues two weeks later


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After two weeks since Avonte Oquendo was last seen leaving his Long Island City School, the search continues for the lovable autistic teen.

Avonte, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. on Friday, October 4. There have been mixed reports on how the Rego Park teen, who cannot verbally communicate and is supposed to be supervised at all times, managed to leave the school, said the family’s attorney, David Perecman.

According to Avonte’s grandmother, the security guard appointed to the front of the school said she had seen Avonte running towards the door, asked him where he was going and after he did not respond, she just allowed him to leave because she did not know he was a special needs student.  Yet, according to Perecman, no student at the school is allowed to leave the property until dismissal.

Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, previously told The Courier the school “failed her” when they took close to an hour to inform her that Avonte had gone missing.

However, according to reports, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the school safety officer did nothing wrong and investigations show she did what she had to do.

The NYPD has officers searching the streets daily for the boy, who family says loves trains, and looking for him by helicopter and with divers. Recently, the police has been driving around in patrol cars and search vans with loudspeakers echoing Avonte’s mother’s calls.

Avonte’s family also sought the help from the Texas Equusearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team, a group of volunteers that have helped find numerous missing people throughout the country.

The team said it would be traveling to the site on Friday, October 18 and would “evaluate the situation” to determine if they have resources to help search for Avonte.

The family has filed a notice of claim to sue the City of New York for $25 million, taking claims of negligence against both the Department of Education and the Special Security Division which provide the security agents for the school.

An initial $5,000 reward for Avonte’s return was offered by Mayerson & Associates, a New York Law Firm which represents individuals with autism. Manhattan Children’s Center, a nonprofit private autism school, announced it was matching the law firm’s offer with an additional $5,000 from the Gelb Family Foundation.

Since then, the reward has increased to $75,000 through the support of Health First, the employer of the missing teen’s mother, Suzanne and Bob Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks, David Perecman of the Perecman Firm, and an anonymous donor, according to Autism Speaks.

Reverend Al Sharpton will hold a community outreach rally on Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Action Network headquarters located at 106 West 145th Street in Manhattan.

Avonte was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. He is 5’3” tall and weighs 125 pounds.

The NYPD has released a new photo of Avonte together with an image of the shirt he was wearing the day he went missing.

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

 

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$45K reward for Queens cop shooter


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Police have increased the reward to $45,000  for the capture of John Thomas, 24, who is wanted for the shooting and attempted murder of NYPD Sergeant Craig Bier, said authorities.

Initially, there was a $32,ooo reward for the Queens man that shot Bier in both legs on August 8 in Jamaica.

Thomas is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this suspect 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.

NYPD seeks suspect in Queens, Brooklyn subway robberies


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The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted for questioning in regards to three armed subway robberies in Queens and Brooklyn.

The suspect first struck on August 1 aboard a Queens-bound A train around 7:30 a.m. He approached a 21-year-old man and robbed him at gunpoint. After the victim handed over his possessions, the suspect fled from the 80th Street station in Ozone Park.

On August 15, the suspect committed another subway robbery in Queens. He held up a 27-year-old woman at gunpoint on a Brooklyn-bound A train at about 10:30 a.m. Again, he exited at the 80th Street station and fled in an unknown direction.

A few days later, on August 19, around 8:30 a.m., he robbed a 19-year-old woman at gunpoint on a Queens-bound subway in Brooklyn. After the victim handed over her property, the suspect fled the train at the Shepherd Avenue station in East New York.

The individual the NYPD wants to question is described as a black male, approximately 20 to 25 years old and 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall.

Anyone with information in regards 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.

Sex abuse suspect connected to three incidents in Elmhurst


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The NYPD is asking for help in identifying a man who exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl near Seabury Avenue in Elmhurst on Monday morning. The same man is suspected in two sex abuse incidents that occurred in the same area in November.

On the morning of November 7, near 54th Avenue, the suspect pulled up to a 12-year-old girl and asked for directions. He then showed her a piece of paper with numbers on it. The girl entered his vehicle where the suspect sexually abused her. The victim exited the car and the suspect fled.

On November 23 near 55th Avenue at 4 p.m., the suspect again pulled up to a 12-year-old, asked her for directions, and then sexually absued her.

The suspect is described as Indian, 6 feet tall and approximately 40 years old. His vehicle is a white sedan with a green, white and orange or red flag sticker on the driver’s door with an eagle in the middle.

Anyone with information in regards 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.