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).