A robber with an “Islam” tattoo on his chest allegedly used his religion to try to convince a Jamaica store clerk to not call the cops, according to published reports.
“We are both Muslim. We are supposed to support each other,” the suspect said to the clerk during the Dec. 4 holdup at 111 Wireless and More at 111-02 Merrick Blvd., reports said.
The suspect entered the store about 6:35 p.m., took out a gun and demanded money from the worker, police said. The clerk then handed over $780, but the suspect reportedly wanted more cash and phones.
When the clerk said he didn’t have the goods, the suspect said as Muslims they were “supposed to support each other,” reports said.
Surveillance photos released by police show the suspect displaying his “Islam” tattoo to show the employee he is a Muslim.
“Please don’t call the police and report me,” he then said before shaking hands with the clerk.
Police describe the suspect as 35 years old, 6 feet tall and 220 lbs. He has dark braids and was wearing a black beret, green jacket, camouflage pants and black sneakers.
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