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Police Searching for Two Men Wanted for String of Armed Robberies in Astoria and Woodside

Khyrel Ware and Luis Martinez (NYPD)

April 24, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Police are searching for two men who allegedly committed seven robberies at gunpoint or with a knife in Astoria and Woodside in the past two months.

Police named the suspects as Khyrel Ware, 21, and Luis Martinez, 19. The NYPD released photos of the pair based on prior arrests.

The first robbery took place on Feb. 6 at 1:15 a.m. in the vicinity of 41st Street and 34th Avenue. The duo approached a 38-year-old man, displayed a knife, and demanded that he withdraw money from a nearby ATM. They took $100 from the victim and fled.

The pair struck again on Feb. 17 at around 4 p.m., in front of 38-16 31st Street, when they displayed a knife to a 16-year-old boy and stole his jewelry and cash before fleeing, according to police.

The two robbers approached two men about a month later, on March 18 at around 5 p.m., inside a building in the vicinity of 31st Street and 38th Avenue. The pair took their cell phones and cash at knifepoint and fled in an unknown direction.

The two suspects then used a firearm to threaten their next reported victims.

On April 11, around 12:40 a.m., the two men demanded the property of a 25-year-old man at gunpoint in front of 47-05 Newton Rd. They took the victim’s cell phone, jewelry and wallet before fleeing.

The duo went to Woodside later the same day, at around 7 p.m. They approached a 21-year-old man in the vicinity of Skillman Avenue and 54th Street, with one of the suspects displaying a firearm and demanding the victim’s property. They stole the victim’s cellphone and cash before fleeing the location.

Three days later, at around 10 p.m., it was reported to police that the two robbers approached three victims — a 20-year-old male, a 19-year-old female, and a 18-year-old male — inside 35-3 38th Street. One of the men displayed a gun and demanded their property. They took some of the victims’ clothing and fled.

The final incident reported to police occurred last Friday at around 1:30 a.m. when one of the suspects– riding an E-Bike–approached a 25-year-old man who was walking in the vicinity of Newtown Road and 44th Street. The suspect displayed a firearm before removing the victim’s wallet and fled.

Police describe Martinez as being Hispanic, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 140 pounds.

Ware is described as being black and about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

 

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April 26, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Police arrested two men at a Woodside motel Thursday wanted in connection with a string of armed robberies that took place in Astoria and Woodside over the past two months.

Police arrested Khyrel Ware, 21, of Long Island City, and Luis Martinez, 19, of Astoria, and charged them both with multiple counts of robbery.

The pair were found by chance at the Metro Motel, located at 73-00 Queens Blvd. The police were searching for a man with an outstanding warrant when they came across the men and nabbed them.

The duo had allegedly robbed seven residents within the confines of Astoria and Woodside between February and April, police said. The men were armed with either a knife or gun and took cellphones, cash, jewelry, wallets and clothing from their victims.

Police say the duo are responsible for the following robberies:

— On Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 1:15 a.m. in the vicinity of 41st Street and 34th Avenue, the pair approached a 38-year-old man, one of them displayed a knife, and demanded that he withdraw money from a nearby ATM. They took $100 from the victim and fled.

— On Sunday, Feb. 17 at around 4 p.m., in front of 38-16 31st St., the robbers threatened a 16-year-old boy with a knife and demanded his property. They stole his jewelry and cash before fleeing.

— On Monday, March 18 at around 5 p.m., inside a building in the vicinity of 31st Street and 38th Avenue, the pair approached two men, an 18-year-old and a 24-year old, took their cell phones and cash at knifepoint and fled in an unknown direction.

— On Thursday, April 11, around 12:40 a.m., the two men demanded the property of a 25-year-old man at gunpoint in front of 47-05 Newton Rd. They took the victim’s cell phone, jewelry and wallet before fleeing.

— On Thursday, April 11, at around 7 p.m., the two approached a 21-year-old man in the vicinity of Skillman Avenue and 54th Street, with one of the suspects displaying a firearm and demanding the victim’s property. They stole the victim’s cell phone and cash before fleeing the location.

— On Sunday, April 14, at around 10 p.m., it was reported to police that the two robbers approached three victims — a 20-year-old male, a 19-year-old female, and a 18-year-old male — inside 35-3 38th Street. One of the men displayed a gun and demanded their property. They took some of the victims’ clothing and fled.

— On Friday, April 19, around 1:30 a.m., one of the men– riding an E-Bike–approached a 25-year-old man who was walking in the vicinity of Newtown Road and 44th Street. The thief displayed a firearm before removing the victim’s wallet.

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John Doe

I never really see much of a police presence between Woodside and Sunnyside.
Where the heck are the police?
It almost seems as if it’s intentional.
Maybe to kill property value.
They did the same thing in Bed-stuy.

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ehh

To be fair, judging from the victims’ age, it’s safe to assume anyone under 60 is liberal.

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James

Joey dogs- Crime is highest in the conservative strongholds of Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida according to FBI stats. I guess conservatives are much easier Pickens than Fox News is telling you.

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Crackson Heights

Yes fight back when a gun is pointed at you . Makes sense risk your life for an iPhone. We need better gun laws make it easier for law abiding citizens to have guns. Oh no a liberal who supports the 2A must be the end of the world.

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Johnny

Cops really need to get out and about, Thugs are roaming the streets here day and night.

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Fan of Dough Boy Park

But crime is down , just ask Diblasio, if you know which state he’s in today. Yeah, I don’t care what cabie Barbie and her 14 other pseudo aliases say, this neighborhood has a serious crime problem

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Jerry

They’re Hispanic! Shocker. Why is that always? Can the liberals answer please besides just giving a thumbs down.

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Ny

That’s like saying why are there so many Chinese criminals in China. What’s your nationality by the way ?

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jerry l

Oh white kids are in charge of school shooting and mass murder, just like the one in Vegas what a shocker

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Fan of Dough boy Park

“ BuT LoOk At ThOSe WhItE kIDs oVeR tHeRe”. Typical liberal response. Don’t face reality about crime in your own neighborhood ,be a victim

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lol

It’s not a whataboutism. The parent commenter said “They’re Hispanic! Shocker. Why is that always?”

Well….they’re not always. They’re not usually. The majority of arrestees are white. Almost all mass shooters are white.

It’s hardly “always” Hispanic people, the majority are white.

Might be a little too much nuance for you though. Make sure you wear that red hat around NYC!

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Stan Lee

White men generally are far more qualified to be mass shooters than minority men. They score higher on state tests, are college educated and suffer the fate of unemployment their dads did do to quotas. The War on Whites is economic first.

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