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police beat COMPILED BY EMILY DAVENPORT AND ROBERT POZARYCKI
Jamaica and Briarwood
Suspect tries to swipe
senior woman’s bag
Cops are looking for a man who they
say tried to rob a senior woman as she was
leaving a Jamaica train station.
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According to police, at 10:35 a.m. on
April 19, an 83-year-old woman was leaving
the Jamaica-179th Street subway station
when an unknown man began to
follow her. As he was following the victim,
he demanded that she hand over her
pocketbook multiple times.
Aft er the failed attempts, the suspect
fl ed the scene empty-handed in an
unknown direction. Th e victim was not
injured as a result of the incident.
Th e suspect is described as a black
man between the ages of 25 and 30 years
old with a medium build, black hair and
brown eyes, standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall.
He was last seen wearing a dark jacket,
dark pants, and black footwear.
Anyone with information in regard to
this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-
TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-
PISTA (74782). Th e public can also
submit their tips by logging onto the
Crime Stoppers website, on Twitter @
NYPDTips or by texting their tips to
274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All
calls are strictly confi dential.
Death of Jamaica man found
in street ruled a homicide
Detectives have offi cially launched a
homicide investigation into the death of
a South Jamaica man who was found
with a brutal head injury on a neighborhood
street last year, police announced
According to authorities, at 11:20 p.m.
on March 4, 2018, police responded to a
911 call regarding an aided male in front
of 160-27 121st Ave. Upon their arrival,
police found 50-year-old Steve Gibbs lying
in the road unconscious and unresponsive.
Police say that Gibbs had gotten into a
dispute with an unknown individual, who
punched Gibbs in the face. Gibbs fell to
the ground and hit is head on the curb,
causing a skull fracture and possible brain
EMS responded to the scene and transported
Gibbs to Jamaica Hospital. Gibbs
ultimately died of his injuries months
later on Jan. 16, 2019.
Following an ongoing investigation,
Gibbs’ death was offi cially classifi ed as a
homicide on April 29.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Th e investigation is ongoing.
Three men violently beat
two teens in Briarwood
Cops are looking for a trio who
slashed two teenagers on a Briarwood
street last week.
Police say that at 12:55 p.m. on April
25, two 18-year-old men were walking
in the vicinity of 138th Street and
Queens Boulevard when they were
approached by three unidentifi ed men.
Th e suspects proceeded to slash the
victims with an unknown sharp object,
then fl ed in an unknown direction.
At this time, sources familiar with the
investigation said, police have not yet
established a motive behind the attack.
Offi cers from the 107th Precinct and
EMS units responded to the incident.
One victim suff ered lacerations to the
face and hand while the other sustained
a laceration across his forehead.
Paramedics rushed the victims to
Jamaica Hospital; both were listed in
On April 26, the 107th Precinct
tweeted out photos of the suspects.
Anyone with information about the
suspects or the incident can call the
107th Precinct Detective Squad at 718-
Man rips iPhone out
of fi ve-year-old boy’s
hand in Flushing
Cops need the public’s help in fi nding
a bandit who didn’t pick on someone
his own size while yanking an iPhone
out of a child’s hand in Flushing earlier
Law enforcement sources said the
caper took place at 1:30 p.m. on April
19 as the 5-year-old boy walked with his
grandmother along 166th Street near
According to police, the boy was holding
his grandmother’s iPhone when
the suspect approached the child and
snatched the smartphone out of his
hands. He then ran southbound on
166th Street toward 27th Avenue.
Th e incident was reported to the 109th
Precinct; there were no injuries.
On April 26, the NYPD released
video footage of the phone thief, who’s
described as an 18-year-old black man
who wore a black jacket and dark pants.