By Chris Engelhardt
EAST ELMHURST – The NYPD is searching for a group of suspects who allegedly kidnapped a woman off the street over the weekend in East Elmhurst.
Police said on July 20 around 11:25 a.m., a 52-year-old woman was riding her bicycle on 30th Avenue near 73rd Street when a group of four to five men in a light green Honda Odyssey closed in on her. The driver struck her and knocked her off her bicycle, police said.
After the van stopped, several suspects grabbed the victim and forced her into the van, according to the NYPD.
Once inside the van, police said the men blindfolded and zip tied the victim and began to beat her. One of the suspects allegedly asked the victim repeatedly, “Where is the money?”
Police said the men later threw the woman out of the minivan in front of 32-48 98 St. in East Elmhurst around 11:40 a.m.
One of the men was described as a 35-year-old, dark-skinned Hispanic man, who is 5-foot-10 and 280 pounds. Those with information should contact NYPD’s Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting its website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.