Federal agents and the NYPD are offering “a significant reward” for the public’s help in finding the man responsible for at least a dozen bank robberies in Queens dating back to last year — including several armed heists.
Authorities said the suspect last struck in Middle Village on Dec. 9, 2014, robbing cash from the Chase bank at 74-04 Eliot Ave. Many of the other robberies occurred in Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Maspeth, Sunnyside and Ridgewood.
During each incident, the suspect reportedly passed demand notes to a teller and walked away with various sums of money. In five capers, the perpetrator displayed a handgun in his waistband to bank employees, the FBI said.
Law enforcement agents describe the crook as a black or Hispanic male with a medium to light complexion standing 6 feet tall, and weighing between 200 and 250 pounds. He is usually seen on camera wearing glasses and a baseball cap with the logo of a sports team such as the New York Yankees or New England Patriots. The public should consider the suspect armed and dangerous.
Among the heists in the robbery pattern are the following incidents:
- June 7, 2014, robbery of a Chase bank located at 77-01 31st Ave. in East Elmhurst;
- July 22, 2014, attempted robbery of a Santander bank located at 89-01 Northern Blvd. in Jackson Heights;
- July 25, 2014, heist at a Chase bank located at 47-11 Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside;
- Aug. 30, 2014, incident at a Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh located at 75-23 37th Ave. in Jackson Heights;
- Oct. 4, 2014, robbery of a Chase bank located at 69-55 Grand Ave. in Maspeth; and
- Dec. 6, 2014, heist at a Chase bank located at 60-67 Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood.
The FBI-NYPD Violent Crime Task Force is investigating the pattern.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call the Task Force at 212-384-1000; all calls will be kept confidential.