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Long Island City robber forces 90-year-old to drive to ATMs: cops


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A robber grabbed a 90-year-old man in front of a Long Island City supermarket last week and forced him to drive to two ATMs to withdraw cash, police said.

The victim was walking to his car outside of the Stop & Shop on 48th Street at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday when the suspect approached him, cops said.

The suspect grabbed the man by the neck and told him to hand over his wallet. He then demanded the victim’s PIN number and made him drive to two locations, where he took out money from ATMs, according to police.

Authorities said the suspect is in his 30s and has braids.

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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FBI releases video in Elmhurst unsolved armored car robbery, links suspects to second heist


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The FBI has released video footage of the unsolved robbery of an armored truck guard in Elmhurst earlier this year.

Authorities now believe the same suspects may be linked to a second heist at a PLS Check Cashing location at 105-22 Northern Blvd. Corona in on January 25, 2013.

During the Elmhurst robbery, a GardaWorld armored truck arrived at the HSBC Bank at 82-57 Broadway just after 12 p.m., on January 31 to make a regularly scheduled deposit pick-up.  As one of the armed guards was leaving the bank, the three suspects attacked him at gunpoint inside the ATM lobby, according to the FBI.

The suspects may have used a .45 semi-automatic handgun during the robbery and as they fled they sprayed the guard with mace. The three men then fled on foot with cash from the guard, the FBI said.

Authorities describe the men as either Asian or Hispanic and they were dressed in heavy winter clothes. The getaway vehicle is believed to be a green Ford Explorer XLT, possibly from 2002 or 2003, with a dealer or out-of-state rear license plate.

GardaWorld is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the capture, arrest, and conviction of those responsible and the recovery of the stolen money.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (212) 384-1000. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

 

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NYPD seek pair in armed Ozone Park iPhone robbery


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Two teen suspects punched a 27-year-old woman in the face when she would not give up her iPhone in Ozone Park Saturday, police said.

The victim was approached by the pair around 5:30 p.m. on 81st Street near Liberty Avenue when they displayed a gun and demanded her phone, cops said.

Police describe the two suspects as black, about 16 years old and 5 feet 5 inches  to 5 feet 5 inches 6 inches tall. The first suspect wore a white and blue shirt and the second a red shirt. Authorities have also released a video of the suspects.

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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73-year-old woman robbed, punched on Howard Beach sidewalk: police


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A 73-year-old woman was robbed and punched in the face as she was walking down the street with a cart of groceries in Howard Beach Tuesday afternoon, cops said.

The victim was attacked about 3:20 p.m. near 153rd Avenue and 88th Street, officials said.

One of the suspects, described by police as a woman, around 18 years old, came up to the victim from behind and took her pocketbook, which contained$100, a cell phone and other personals, from the cart. A second suspect, a man, who was also about 18 years old, then punched the 73-year-old in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.

The victim suffered cuts to her ear and abrasions to her arm, and was taken to Jamaica Hospital for treatment, cops said.

Police have released a video of the robbery, and said the female suspect was last seen wearing a vest and the male suspect was last seen wearing dark clothing and tan cargo shorts.

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 looking for suspects in South Ozone Park robbery, assault


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A 49 year-old man was robbed and assaulted in front of a deli in South Ozone Park earlier this month, according to police.

One of the suspects took $400 and a cell phone from the man at about 2:05 a.m. on May 5, before three other suspects attacked the victim, leaving him with minor injuries to his face and head, cops said. The robbery and assault happened on Rockaway Boulevard near 134th Street.

Police have released a photo of the first suspect and describe all of the suspects as men between the ages of 18 and 25.

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 hammer attack robberies charged


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated Tuesday, May 13 7:05 a.m.

The hammer-wielding robber wanted in three attacks, including an assault on a woman in Queens, has been charged in connection to the two of the incidents, police said.

Anthony Coward, 28, who police identified as the suspect in the robberies over the weekend, allegedly approached a 23-year-old man and struck him in the head with a hammer on May 4, at about 11:00 a.m., at the Rockaway Avenue A/C subway station at Fulton Street in Brooklyn. He then continued to beat the rest of his body with the hammer before he fled with the victim’s wallet, police said. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital and released.

He then approached a 32-year-old man, who was trying to buy a MetroCard at the same Rockaway Avenue subway station in Brooklyn at about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, and struck him on the head with a hammer and demanded money, cops said. Once the victim handed over the money, Coward fled. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital and released.

Coward has been charged with robbery in both of the Brooklyn attacks, according to police.

In another attack that is believed to be connected to the other incidents, a 26-year-old reportedly pregnant woman was robbed and assaulted on the morning of March 5 on Pershing Crescent in Briarwood, cops said. The suspect came up to her from behind and struck her on the head with a silver hammer and fled with her handbag. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. The investigation is still ongoing into that robbery, officials said.

 

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Police identify suspect in hammer attack robberies


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The NYPD has identified the suspect they say robbed and attacked his victims with a hammer in Queens and Brooklyn.

Anthony Coward, 28, approached his first victim, a 26-year-old reportedly pregnant woman, on March 5 at about 7 a.m. in front of 138-49 Pershing Crescent in Briarwood, cops said. Coward allegedly came up to her from behind and struck her on the head with a silver hammer and fled with her handbag. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, according to police.

On May 4, at about 11:00 a.m., at the Rockaway Avenue A/C subway station at Fulton Street in Brooklyn, Coward approached a 23-year-old man and struck him in the head with a hammer and then went on to strike the man’s body, before he fled with the victim’s wallet, police said. The man was taken to Brookdale Hospital and released.

Then on May 7 at about 9:20 a.m. Coward approached a 32-year-old man, who was trying to buy a MetroCard at the same Rockaway Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, and struck him on the head with a hammer and demanded money, cops said. Once the victim handed over the money, Coward fled. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital and released.

Police describe Coward as black, 6 feet 1 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes, and 160 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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109th Precinct donates $500 to elderly victims of robbery in Flushing


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Being an NYPD officer goes further than just catching bad guys- it’s about helping the victims.

Cops from the 109th Precinct in Flushing reached into their pockets to help out 71-year-old twin sisters who were robbed of their monthly income, the NYPD said on its Facebook page.

The women were on their way home from a bank in Flushing on April 5 when they were followed into an elevator in their apartment building by Salvador Morales, who knocked them to the floor and stole the $1,100 in Social Security aid they just received, the NYPD said.

One of the sisters suffered a fractured bone in her leg, and both were transported to New York Hospital Queens.

After word of the crime spread through the precinct, Officer Anthony Lo Verme and Detective Kevin O’Donnell collected about $500 from their colleagues and donated the money in person to the victims, the police said.

“When we heard that they had just lost their entire monthly income we all knew we had to help,” O’Donnell said.

Morales, a 58-year-old man from Manhattan, was arrested in Brooklyn and has been charged with burglary, robbery and assault. Police were able to identify him from similar burglaries he pulled off in Coney Island in Brooklyn wearing the same “mask-and-hat get-up,” police said.

Morales has at least 11 prior arrests for burglaries dating back to 1989, authorities said.

The cops visited the women, who are still recovering, and handed the money to them at their bedsides.

“Cops in New York City do things like this each and every day,” said Inspector Brian Maguire of the 109th Precinct.”I love the fact that my officers took it upon themselves and they rose to the occasion.” 

 

 

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Cops: Suspect robs deliveryman in Whitestone for $25K in prescription meds


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A man held up a pharmaceutical delivery person in Whitestone, taking him on a wild ride to Yonkers before stealing $25,000 worth of medication, police said.

The perpetrator, while brandishing a gun, approached the 49-year-old victim on April 18 at 8 a.m., as he was making deliveries near 150th Street and 14th Avenue, cops said.

The suspect ordered the deliveryman into the victim’s car, a 2000 blue Dodge Caravan, which contained an assortment of prescription medication, and drove the vehicle to Yonkers, before kicking the man out and driving off, officials said.

Police describe the suspect as a white man between the ages of 25 and 30 years old and bald.

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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Man arrested for attacking women with hammer in Astoria apartment


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A man was arrested after he attacked three women with a hammer inside their Astoria apartment during a robbery last weekend.

Lawrence Parsons, 29, was arraigned Wednesday in connection to the brutal beating on attempted murder, assault, burglary and robbery charges, according to the criminal complaint.

He is accused of breaking into the victims’ home about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, then striking each of them on the face and head with a hammer.

After the beatings, Lawrence allegedly fled the apartment with a stolen cell phone, laptop, iPad. Surveillance video shows him running out of the building with the loot, court documents said. He was caught with the items when he was arrested.

The three women, who are all related, were taken to local hospitals in critical condition with several facial and skull fractures, according to court records. One victim loss sight in her left eye.

 

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Suspect sought in series of Flushing street thefts


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Police are looking for a suspect wanted in a string of street thefts across Flushing, dating back to last fall.

In several of the robberies, the suspect punches the victim in the face before running off with the property, cops said.

The first incident occurred on November 12, 2012, near 31st Drive and 140th Street. The suspect approached the 58-year-old victim about 10: 15 p.m. as he was walking down the street, slugged him and attempted to take his property, police said. The perpetrator then fled before taking anything.

The suspect committed two more attempted robberies and six more thefts between November 3, 2013 and March 17 of this year.

Cops have released a photo connected to a Feb. 13 robbery near Maple Avenue and Main Street, where the suspect snatched a purse from a 40-year-old woman.

The photo shows the suspect entering a CVS store at 157-05 Cross Bay Blvd., then using the victim’s credit card to purchase items, according to officials.

 

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Suspects beat up 17-year-old employee, steal $30K from Astoria deli


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A teen was roughed up during an Astoria deli robbery Saturday, where the suspects took off with $30,000 in cash, cops said.

Two of the suspects entered the business, the En-Express Deli, on Main Avenue, about 3 a.m., and asked the victim, a 17-year-old employee, for help in the rear of the store, police said.

The suspects then allegedly beat up the teen and forced him into a back room of the deli while one of the suspects let two additional suspects into the store. The first suspect then acted as a lookout while the other suspects took $30,000 from a lockbox before the four of them fled, officials said.

The victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the robbery.

Police have released a photo of the first two suspects, and describe them as two men between the ages of 20 and 25.

 

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Suspect wearing construction gear robs woman in Flushing apartment


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A man donning a surgical mask and yellow construction hat robbed a 71-year-old woman in her Flushing apartment Saturday afternoon, cops said.

The suspect followed the woman as she was entering her building about 1:30 p.m. and got into the elevator with her, according to officials. When she opened her apartment door and started to go inside, the suspect pushed her, grabbed her handbag, which contained cash, and fled police said.

The woman was taken to New York Hospital Queens with a fractured bone in her leg, cops said.

Police said the suspect, who is possibly a white or Hispanic man and 30 to 40 years old, was also wearing a dark jacket and carrying a tool bag.

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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‘Robber’ threatens to castrate victim at Astoria McDonald’s: cops


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One McDonald’s customer had a not-so-happy meal after a woman threatened to castrate him during a knifepoint robbery.

Kimberly Horvath was charged with robbery and menacing for pointing a pink knife at an unsuspecting diner inside an Astoria McDonald’s at 31-73 Steinway St. on March 26 and telling him to give her $20, according to a criminal complaint.

“How about I rob you right now? I can cut you up with my knife. I will cut your b—s off,” Horvath allegedly told the victim, John Briscione, according to the court document.

Horvath then  snatched a bag with two DVDs from his hands, the complaint said.

She was also charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon.

Horvath is being held on $7,500 bail and her next appearance is scheduled for April 10 at the Queens Criminal Court.

 

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Suspect punches, steals phone from 15-year-old on Queens subway


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Cops are looking for a suspect who swiped an iPhone from a teen boy before punching him on a Queens subway train last month.

The robbery took place about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 aboard a southbound No. 7 train at the Flushing-Main Street station, police said.

The suspect approached the 15-year-old, grabbed the cell phone from his hand, punched him in the face and fled, officials 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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