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Group Corners Driver, Smashes Car Window in Area Attempted Robbery: NYPD

Laurel Hill Boulevard and Review Avenue, where the attempted robbery took place. (Google Maps)

March 4, 2019  Staff Report

Police are investigating an incident that took place last week on an industrial street where Maspeth and Long Island City meet, where a group of men in two vehicles ambushed an unsuspecting driver in a failed robbery attempt.

The 65-year-old victim, according to police, had picked up cash and checks from a site near 46th Street and 54th Road at around 8 a.m. on Feb. 27 before driving to another location.

While driving on Laurel Hill Boulevard, the driver of a black sedan stopped in front of the victim’s car at Review Avenue, while another car, a gray SUV, blocked the victim’s car from the back, police said.

Two men then got out the gray SUV, headed toward the driver’s side of the victim’s car, and shattered his side window with an unknown object.

The two attempted to open the driver side door, but not before the 65-year-old driver sped away. The gray SUV and black sedan eventually left the scene, too.

The gray Infiniti SUV police say is involved in the attempted robbery. (DCPI)

Little information is available on the suspects, although police say the gray sedan had a total of three unknown men inside, including the driver. The black sedan only had one person—the unknown male driver—inside.

The gray SUV is described as an Infiniti with no front plate. The black Honda sedan also had no front plate.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-8477, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

The black sedan in the case. (DCPI)

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Depends what state the car is from , I never seen a vehicle with only front plates from NY State . Before complaining please straight upyour facts

Steven Craig

There seems to be zero concern by the City or NYPD except to keep the crime stats artificially low.


Thank you NYPD for not enforcing two visible plates law in NYC. Do you know how many cars I see on a daily basis with no front plate or barely visible damaged front and rear plates, these losers don’t replace their damaged plates on purpose, and NYPD finds it much easier to ticket parked vehicles with meters expired by few minutes or if their inspection is past by few days. Many times I see that meter officers just walk by and not ticket the car for other violations as long as they paid the $1.25 parking meter.

While obviously this is a targeted and isolated incident with people either hired to hit these guys for money, the incident also shows that these low life thugs must think it’s very easy to get away so they can attempt something like this.


Or they could be registered in a state that only uses one plate, but you do you.


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