May 4, 2012 By Christian Murray
The police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed a series of Woodside residents at gunpoint and forced them to withdraw cash at ATM machines, according to an official source.
The 23-year-old suspect, who was arrested in the Bronx, was wanted in connection with three incidents in April. He targeted individuals near 50th Ave (44th to 46th Street) in Woodside during day light hours, and marched them at gunpoint to a nearby bodega to withdraw cash.
The police were able to identify the suspect after someone in the public recognized him from a crimestoppers video. The suspect was then identified by one of the victims of his crimes. He his currently in custody.
“I want to thank the officers of Police Precinct 108 for their quick work in getting this thug off our streets,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “They acted quickly in identifying the suspect and tracking him down to the Bronx.”
Meanwhile, Van Bramer said that the city had agreed to allocate eight more officers to the 108 police precinct after he wrote a letter to Ray Kelly, the police commission, earlier this week. The new officers will start work Monday.
Van Bramer said Kelly had assured him that the department will look into adding more officers.