Man arrested in string of citywide robberies; police looking for second suspect

RMA#1403-13 citywide pattern image of suspect Richard Rivera (1)
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Cops have arrested a man connected to 34 robberies in Queens and Manhattan, but are still looking for a second suspect wanted in the crime spree.

As of Friday night charges were still pending against the 49-year-old suspect who was apprehended, said police.

The second suspect has been identified as Richard Rivera, 43 and is described as, 5’7″, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  He is armed, and is known to flee the scene of the robberies in either a dark colored, late model Nissan Altima coupe or a dark colored, late model Toyota Camry, according to authorities.

Rivera and his alleged accomplice are accused of robbing dozens of businesses in the two boroughs within the last seven months. Nine of those incidents took place in Queens. They also allegedly robbed a Manhattan store in February 2010.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Richard Rivera is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or submit their tips by texting 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577 or by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website.



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