Two robbers shocked their victims with volts of electricity while stealing their property in a series of Flushing street robberies dating back to mid-July, police reported.
The most recent incident occurred at 1:40 a.m. on the morning of August 11, when the two suspects approached a 35-year-old man at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 147th Street.
According to authorities, the crooks used a stun gun to send a pulse of electricity into the victims back, then removed his wallet and fled the scene eastbound on Roosevelt Avenue.
Law enforcement sources said the suspects were also connected to the July 14 robbery of an 18-year-old man in the vicinity of 41st Avenue and Parsons Boulevard. At about 3:50 a.m. that morning, police said, the bandits approached the victim from behind, covered his eyes and pressed a hard object against his back. They then removed his cellphone and wallet before fleeing on foot westbound on 41st Avenue.
The third caper took place at 4:10 a.m. on the morning of July 19, when the duo attempted to rob a 30-year-old man in the area of Colden Street and Elder Avenue. Police said the suspects approached the victim from behind and zapped him with a stun gun, then tried to remove a pocketbook that the victim had been holding for his girlfriend. The suspects were unable to grab the bag and fled the scene on foot northbound on Colden Street.
All three incidents were reported to the 109th Precinct; none of the three victims were seriously injured.
One of the suspects was described as a black male between 20 and 25 years of age, standing between 5 foot 7 inches and 5 foot 8 inches tall and wearing a black tank top, black sweatpants and white sneakers. The NYPD released a video of the suspect on Wednesday, August 17.
His partner was described by police as a black male between 20 and 25 years of age, standing 6 feet tall and wearing black sweatpants.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery pattern that could prove helpful is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.