Takes Victims To ATM At Gunpoint
The NYPD announced that it is seeking a male in connection with three armed robberies that have occurred in Sunnyside over the past few weeks.
The man is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark hat and glasses.
The first incident in the pattern took place at about 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 12 in front of a home on 46th Street. According to police sources, the suspect approached a 25- year-old man, displayed a firearm and forced him to head to a nearby ATM to retrieve cash. The suspect took the cash and fled.
On Wednesday, Apr. 18 at 7:30 p.m., the suspect struck again on 44th Street, this time allegedly taking the ATM card from a victim and using it to withdraw cash.
Finally, last Monday, Apr. 23 at about 7:35 p.m. on 44th Street and 50th Avenue, the suspect allegedly approached a 25-year-old man, displayed his firearm, took the victim’s iPhone and forced him to withdraw funds from two separate ATMs and give the suspect the cash.
At a Monday, Apr. 30 town hall at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunnyside, Capt. Donald Powers, the commander of the 108th Precinct, called the pattern “unique” and added that the squad is investigating the crimes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1800-577- TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637) with the code TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.