Police have released images of a young man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint on a Flushing street and then trying to do the same thing at a nearby convenience store just a few minutes later.
According to law enforcement sources, the trouble began at 10:30 p.m. on the night of Jan. 24 in the area of Parsons Boulevard and the north side of the Horace Harding Expressway, where the suspect — described as a black male between 16 and 20 years old and standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall — approached the female victim.
Authorities said the robber displayed a firearm and demanded the victim’s property. He then removed her cellphone and an undetermined amount of cash.
Ten minutes later, police said, the crook came calling to the Full Stop Deli and Grocery located down the block at 158-27 Horace Harding Expwy. Sources said the gunman displayed a firearm at an employee, but left the scene moments later empty-handed.
Both incidents were reported to the 109th Precinct; there were no injuries.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery attempts or the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.