Bandit wearing a surgical mask wanted for swiping cash from a Woodside bank

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police need the public’s help in finding a robber in a surgical mask who held up a Chase bank in Woodside earlier this week.

The NYPD released images on Wednesday, Feb. 1, of the suspect involved in the caper that took place at 10:10 a.m. on Monday morning, Jan. 30, inside the Chase bank located at 59-26 Woodside Ave.


According to law enforcement sources, the perpetrator — described as a Hispanic male believed to be 25 years of age, standing 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds while wearing a blue surgical mask on his face and a black bubble jacket, a black cap, blue jeans and dark-colored gloves — approached the counter and handed a demand note to the teller.

In the note, police said, the crook demanded cash and claimed to have a firearm in his possession. No weapons were displayed, it was noted.

The Chase bank at 59-26 Woodside Ave. (photo via Google Maps)

Seconds later, the employee provided the suspect with $908 in cash; the bandit then fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 108th Precinct responded to the robbery; there were no injuries.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts 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.

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