Police have arrested a man in connection to a robbery that occurred inside the Metro Motel in Woodside and are asking for help to find a second suspect, a transgender woman.
The robbery occurred on Feb. 22 at 4:30 a.m. when the 43-year-old male victim met a female suspect at the vicinity of 82nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue. They went back to the suspect’s motel room, located at 73-00 Queens Blvd., when the female suspect cut the victim on the hand with a knife and stole his phone and money.
The male suspect, who was also in the motel room when the robbery occurred, has been arrested, police said. He was identified as 32-year-old Adam Arenas and was charged with second-degree robbery. Arenas was also arrested last year for petit larceny.
The female suspect, who police say is a transgender woman, has been identified as 34-year-old Gilbert Blake. Police describe the suspect as approximately 160 pounds and standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.