Gun-toting Robber at Large

The armed bandit pictured in these surveillance camera images is wanted by police for holding up a pair of businesses in Corona last month. According to law enforcement sources, the perpetrator first robbed a Papa John’s restaurant located at 43-04 National St. at around 11:55 p.m. on Feb. 12. During that incident, police said, the crook pulled out a silver firearm and demanded cash from the register. When a worker did not respond to the command right away, authorities said, the bandit fired a shot into the wall. Two weeks later, police said, the same bandit swiped money during a gunpoint robbery of a 7-Eleven store located at 107-24 Corona Ave. at 7:22 a.m. on Feb. 26. No shots were fired in that incident. Members of the 110th Precinct responded to each case. The suspect is described by law enforcement sources as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s to early 30s with a dark complexion, a stocky build and a thin mustache. Anyone with information regarding the robberies or the suspect’s whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-577- TIPS, by text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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