Subway Bandit Strikes In Ozone Pk.
Authorities have released the image of a man wanted for questioning in a recent string of armed robberies of passengers riding the A train through Ozone Park and East New York.
The suspect is described by police as an African American male be tween 20 and 25 years of age, stand ing between 5’10” and 6′ tall.
Law enforcement sources said the first stickup occurred at 7:25 a.m. on Aug. 1 on a Queens bound A train traveling through Ozone Park and ap proaching the 80th Street station.
Reportedly, the suspect ap proached a 21 year old male passen ger, displayed a firearm and de manded property. After the victim complied with the request, the bandit took the property, then exited the train at the 80th Street station, located above the intersection of Liberty Av enue and 80th Street.
Police said the crook struck a sec ond time lastr Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, this time robbing a passen ger on board a Brooklyn bound A train as it neared the 80th Street stop.
In that incident, authorities stated, the crook displayed a handgun at a 27-year-old woman and demanded her belongings. Once she provided him with undisclosed property, it was noted, the perpetrator departed the train at the 80th Street station and fled in an unknown direction.
The third armed theft took place in East New York on board a Queensbound A train as it neared the Shepherd Avenue station at around 8:17 a.m. on Sunday morning, Aug. 19.
Reportedly, the suspect pointed a gun at a 19-year-old woman and demanded her property. After she complied with his directions, the crook took the items and departed at the Shepherd Avenue stop, located at the corner of Pitkin and Shepherd avenues.
All of the incidents were reported to the NYPD Transit Bureau. None of the three victims were injured.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
Anyone with any information regarding the robberies or the suspect’s whereabouts that could prove helpful can 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.