April 24, 2012 Staff Report
A man has been targeting Sunnyside/Woodside residents by holding them at gunpoint and forcing them to withdraw funds from an ATM.
The police said that there have been three incidents in the past two weeks and that they are seeking the public’s help in apprehending the perpetrator, who is believed to be a male Hispanic in his 20s.
The first incident occurred on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at approx. 3:30pm in front of 50-38 46 Street. The suspect approached the victim, displayed a firearm, and forced the male victim to remove an unknown amount of money from an ATM. The suspect then fled on foot.
The second robbery took place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at approx. 7:30pm opposite 50-12 44 Street. In this case, the suspect approached the male victim, produced a firearm, removed the victim’s ATM card and withdrew an unknown amount of money with the card. The perpetrator then fled.
The third incident occurred on Monday, April 23, 2012 at approx. 7:35 pm at the intersection of 44 Street and 50 Avenue. The suspect approached the victim, displayed a firearm, removed the victim’s iPhone and forced him to remove an unknown amount of money from two ATMs, before fleeing on foot.
The suspect has a mustache, and was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored hat, and glasses.
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 at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.