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police beat COMPILED BY ZACHARY GEWELB, JACOB KAYE AND ROBERT POZARYCKI
Fresh Meadows, Cunningham
Heights and Hilltop Village
Police seek suspect in
connection with string of
robberies in Fresh Meadows
Th e NYPD is looking for a man in connection
with a string of eight robberies
that all occurred over the course of a
month in Fresh Meadows.
One man has already been arrested in
connection with the case.
From Dec. 9, to Dec. 24, the duo –
police say there might be a third, but
could not confi rm – approached eight
women in Fresh Meadows, all but one
older than 40 years old, and grabbed their
respective purses before fl eeing, either on
foot or in a car.
Pursuant to an ongoing investigation,
Kyliek Washington, a 22-yearold
man from St. Albans, was arrested
on Dec. 24, the day of the eighth and
final reported robbery. Washington was
charged with robbery, grand larceny,
possession of a forged instrument, two
counts of identity theft, criminal possession
of stolen property, theft
of service, unlawful use of a credit
card and unlawful possession
of personal identification information.
In all eight robberies, victims only
reported one man snatching their
purse, according to the NYPD. Police
could not confi rm which person —
Washington or the unidentifi ed man
— was the one allegedly grabbing the
purses, or if they switched from robbery
Th e fi rst robbery occurred on
Monday, Dec. 9, around 7 p.m., in
the vicinity of 67th Avenue and 194th
Lane. An individual approached a
44-year-old woman from behind
and grabbed her purse. Aft er a
brief struggle for control of the bag,
the woman fell to the ground and
the man made off with her purse,
according to the police.
About a week later, on Sunday,
Dec. 15, around 1 p.m., an individual
snatched a purse belonging to a
47-year-old woman, entered a silver
car and sped off , cops say. Th e incident
took place in the vicinity of 67th
Avenue and Peck Avenue.
Later that day, around 3:15 p.m., an
individual approached a 49-year-old
woman from behind, grabbed her
purse and ran off on foot, according
to the authorities.
On Friday, Dec. 20, around 6:30
p.m., an individual approached a
67-year-old woman, grabbed her purse
and shoved her to the ground, police
say. The individual hopped into a black
sedan and fled the scene. The woman
later reported that she had $350 in cash,
a cellphone and two credit cards inside
her purse. According to the NYPD, an
investigation later revealed that one of
the woman’s credit cards was used at a
Sephora, located at 212-01 26th Ave. in
Bay Terrace, about an hour later.
On Sunday, Dec. 22, the duo allegedly
committed two robberies. Th e fi rst
occurred around 10 a.m., in the vicinity
of 188th Street and 73rd Avenue. An individual
approached a 44-year-old woman,
grabbed her purse, pushed her to the
ground and fl ed, according to the NYPD.
Th en, around noon, in the vicinity of
199th Street and 69th Avenue, a 51-yearold
woman reported that an individual
grabbed her purse and fl ed in a sedan.
Two days later, on Christmas Eve, an
individual grabbed a 40-year-old woman’s
purse around 8:35 a.m. near Peck Avenue
and 67th Avenue, police say.
Five minutes later, a 38-year-old woman
was robbed of her purse around 190th
Lane and 69th Avenue. Around 9:55
a.m. that same day, the police arrested
Washington, according to the NYPD.
The unapprehended man wanted
in connection with the robberies was
last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater,
a dark-colored jacket and blue jeans.
Th e vehicles connected to robberies are
described as a gray four-door Mercedes
Benz and a dark-colored BMW.
Hollis Park Gardens, Hollis,
Lakewood and Jamaica
Masked man sought
for raping woman in a
Queens alleyway: NYPD
Special Victims detectives are searching
for the deviant who violently raped
a 27-year-old woman in Queens early in
the morning of Saturday, Jan. 18.
Police said the sexual assault happened
at 4 a.m. on Jan. 18 in front of a store at
163-18 Jamaica Ave.
According to law enforcement sources,
the victim was walking along Jamaica
Avenue when the suspect, who was
walking ahead of her, suddenly stopped.
When the woman attempted to pass
him, cops said, the assailant grabbed
her and dragged her into a nearby
alleyway, where he raped her. Th e suspect
then fl ed the scene in an unknown
Th e incident was reported to the 103rd
Precinct. Paramedics brought the victim
to Queens Hospital Center, where
she was treated for injuries to her head,
body, arms and legs.
On Sunday morning, the NYPD
released video footage of the suspect,
who’s described as a Hispanic man
between 25 and 35 years of age, standing
about 5 feet, 6 inches tall.
Cops said he was last seen wearing a
dark-colored ski cap, a black sweater, a
tan vest, blue jeans and black sneakers.
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