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Fresh Meadows and Jamaica
Bandit targets bus riders
Police are looking to question a man
about a pair of robberies that took place
on the streets of Fresh Meadows in
According to police, at 12:40 a.m. on
Dec. 15, a 34-year-old female was walking
home in the vicinity of 162nd Street
and 75th Avenue aft er exiting the Q65
bus. Th e suspect, who was following the
victim, approached her and threw her to
Th e perpetrator then snatched the victim’s
purse and took off northbound on
162nd Street, law enforcement sources
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Authorities said the second incident
took place at 10:59 p.m. on Dec. 23. Th at
evening, a 62-year-old woman was walking
home in the vicinity of 162nd Street
and 73rd Avenue when the suspect began
to follow her aft er she got off the Q65
bus. Th e crook approached the victim,
threw her to the ground and ran off with
Neither of the victims were injured in
the robberies, both of which were reported
to the 107th Precinct, police said.
On Dec. 28, the NYPD released images
of a man wanted for questioning in the
capers. He’s described as a black man who
was last seen wearing a winter jacket with
a fur hood, black pants with a white stripe
and white sneakers.
Call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS
with any information about the case.
Crook fi lls up at gas station
Detectives need the public’s help in
fi nding the perpetrator who swiped cash
from a Jamaica gas station on the secondto
last day of 2018.
Law enforcement sources said the robbery
occurred at 7:50 p.m. on Dec. 30,
2018 inside the Shell gas station located at
187-41 Hillside Ave.
According to police, the unidentifi ed
perpetrator walked into the service station
and displayed a fi rearm while demanding
cash. A 59-year-old male employee subsequently
opened the cash drawer, allowing
the suspect to grab an unknown quantity
Cash in hand, the bandit then fl ed the
station on foot heading southbound on
188th Street, police reported.
Offi cers from the 107th Precinct
responded to the incident; no injuries
On Jan. 1, the precinct tweeted out
images of the unidentifi ed bandit, who is
shown wearing a black winter coat and
mask while carrying a silver handgun.
Anyone with information regarding the
suspect’s whereabouts can call the 107th
Precinct Detective Squad at 718-969-
6844; all calls are kept confi dential.
Cops seek knife-wielding thief
Th e 109th Precinct is looking for a
man who allegedly tried to rob a man at
knifepoint on a Flushing street and then
injured him during a struggle.
Law enforcement sources said the
attempt took place at 8 a.m. on Dec.
21 near the corner of Prince Street and
According to police, a 36-year-old man
was overheard talking about how he had
just been paid, cops said. Th e suspect then
approached the man, displayed a knife
and demanded money.
Authorities said the assailant then
grabbed the bag belonging to the man,
resulting into a physical struggle with the
victim. During the scuffl e, police said, the
victim sustained a cut to his shoulder; the
would-be thief then fl ed the scene on foot
southbound along Prince Street.
No belongings were taken from the victim,
Th e victim was taken to NewYork-
Presbyterian Queens hospital in stable
condition; he was treated for the laceration
and later released.
No arrests have been made and the
investigation is ongoing, according to
Cops are asking anyone with information
regarding this person’s whereabouts
to reach out via 800-577-TIPS. All calls
and messages are kept confi dential.
Long Island City
Person of interest
looking for man
who may know
s o m e t h i n g
about a duo
to be cops
while trying to
abduct a man
at a Long Island
A c c o r d i n g
to police, at 9:50 a.m. on Dec. 12, two
unknown men walked inside of the
Hyundai of Long Island City dealership,
located at 34-54 44th St., and approached
a 28-year-old man who was waiting to
have his car serviced.
Authorities said the suspects then
sprayed the victim with an unknown substance,
told him that he was under arrest
for being a fugitive and attempted to
remove the victim from the location in
Law enforcement sources stated that
the victim put up a struggle and ultimately
fought off the suspects, who then
fl ed the scene in a grey Dodge Caravan
and went westbound on Northern
Police are looking to question Jose
Santiago-Cruz in relation to this incident.
He is described as a Hispanic man with
dark hair, brown eyes, standing 5 feet, 6
inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.
Anyone with information in regard to
this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS
(8477). All calls and messages are kept
Robber wanted for
Cops are looking for a man who
robbed a woman near her car in Howard
Beach last month.
According to police, at 5:40 a.m. on
Dec. 28, a 50-year-old woman was walking
to her car, which was parked in
the vicinity of 157th Avenue and 79th
Street, when she was approached from
behind by an unknown man.
Law enforcement sources said the perpetrator
proceeded to push the victim
into her car, demanding money and
threatening bodily harm. Th e suspect
took the victim’s cellphone and personal
property before fl eeing on foot eastbound
on 157th Avenue. Th e woman
was not seriously injured.
Police described the suspect as a black
man in his 20s and standing approximately
5 feet, 2 inches tall.
Anyone with information regarding
the robbery should call the 106th
Precinct at 718-845-2261. All calls are
kept confi dential.