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Police swarm Sunnyside with plain clothes cops prior to arresting armed robber


Oct. 5, 2014 By Christian Murray

The police sent in more than a dozen plain clothes cops into the Sunnyside commercial district following two armed robberies at local drug stores early last month.

The strategy led to an arrest of a Sunnyside man when the third Sunnyside pharmacy was targeted.

The first robbery took place at Greenpoint Pharmacy, located at 40-26 Greenpoint Avenue, on Sept 2, when a masked man displayed a gun, and demanded Vicodin, before fleeing with Oxycodone. The second incident occurred on Sept 5 at Family Pharmacy, 45-60 43rd Street, when the masked perpetrator showed a gun and took off with prescription drugs.

“We sent in about a dozen plain clothes [officers] to the area,” said Captain Brian Hennessy, the commanding officer at the 108 precinct, after the second incident. The officers were there to monitor the pharmacies in the neighborhood.

“With two [robberies] taking place so close to each other, we knew there was a good chance he would hit the area again,” Hennessy said.

Therefore, when a perpetrator went into Amazon Pharmacy, located at 43-10 Queens Blvd, on Sept 11 with a knife and demanded prescription drugs the police were in the area.

The police received a 911 call with a description of the suspect and several officers were in the neighborhood to search for him.

The perpetrator, Patrick McNamara, ran across Queens Boulevard and was arrested by Police Officer John Miszuk, a plain-clothes officer, who tracked him down just two blocks from the drug store.

McNamara, 37, a Sunnyside resident was then identified by a witness.

The police, however, have not been able to make an arrest on the first two robberies since the suspect was wearing a mask and was hard to identify. However, Hennessy noted, that there have been no drug store robberies since.

McNamara was arrested on a variety of charges, such as robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

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43rd & 43rd

Like everyone else, I’ve spent some time complaining about the 108. But this is great. I’m surprised and impressed that they were able to dedicate the force to it.

Now that the guy is caught, I would love to see these officers moved to walking local beats, preventing burglaries, car vandalism, etc.

A Local

Gotta give kudos to the 108 for doing a great job here. And I agree with the some of the other posts. This guy needs a hospital, not a jail cell.


This guy needs help. They need to order some sort of rehab & not just jail time. Jails are already overcrowded with addicts who need serious substance abuse counseling. I hope he gets the help he needs….


I am now thinking squirts the change bum is just a cop whos gone in too deep.


Did they check his house to catch his other pothead friends who may or may not have robbed the other stores and also raid their meth lab apartment?


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