UPDATED JUNE 16, 9:30 a.m.
At 5:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, the suspect, who is described as a black male, entered a 7-Eleven store located at 224-01 Merrick Blvd. The suspect approached the 21-year-old employee, displayed a handgun and demanded money.
According to police, the suspect discharged one shot from the weapon and then fled eastbound on Merrick Boulevard on foot. He did not leave with any property.
It was originally reported to police that at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, an unknown man walked into a Conoco gas station located at 88-14 101st Ave. The man approached the 52-year-old employee, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The employee complied, giving the suspect $100 in cash. The suspect then fled the location westbound on 101st Avenue on foot.
Less than two hours later, the suspect entered a Lukoil gas station located at 118-01 Rockaway Blvd. The suspect went to the 34-year-old employee and demanded money after displaying a handgun. The employee handed over $3,000 in cash and the suspect took of on foot northbound on 118th Street.
The next incident took place on Tuesday, May 30. At 5:50 a.m., the suspect entered a Gulf gas station located at 133-44 150th St. Once inside, the suspect went up to the 42-year-old employee, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The employee complied and gave the suspect $400 in cash. The suspect then fled the store on foot northbound on North Conduit Avenue. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and tan work boots.
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.