WOODSIDE — Police have arrested one man in connection with multiple robberies across the borough while his alleged accomplice remains at large, the NYPD said.
A 49-year-old was taken into custody as part of a 34-incident citywide robbery pattern, which included nine incidents in Queens between May 11 and Sept. 12, according to police. But cops released a photo of Richard Rivera, 43, suspected as the man’s partner in crime, in the hopes the public can help locate him.
The duo hit a Woodside liquor store May 11, an Astoria grocery store May 15 and a Long Island City deli June 7, police said.
In each case the pair entered the location, one armed with a gun, and demanded cash before fleeing, sometimes in a dark colored, late model Nissan Altima coupe or a dark colored, late model Toyota Camry, cops said. The duo had also been seen fleeing in a dark minivan, police previously said.
The two men later hit a Queensboro Hill gas station June 10, an Auburndale beverage store June 13, a Woodhaven deli July 21, an Elmhurst deli July 25, a Glendale convenience store Aug. 2 and a Murray Hill shop Sept. 12, police said.
Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging on to Crime Stoppers’ website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.