Police searching for two suspects in Flushing robbery spree

Police said this man is one of the suspects in the Flushing robberies.
By Gina Martinez

According to police, the first robbery took place May 25, at 11:30 p.m. near 59th Avenue and 138th Street. Police said the two men approached a 54-year-old woman from behind, shoved her to the ground and took her purse. The men then fled westbound on 59th Avenue inside of a gray sedan. Among the items inside the victim’s purse were $90 in cash, her cell phone and various credit cards, police said.

The NYPD said the second robbery occurred May 30 at 11:57 p.m. near 45th Drive and Oceania Street. One of the suspects approached a 53-year-old woman as she got out of her car, pushed her to the ground and snatched her purse, police said. The suspect then fled eastbound on 45th Drive inside of a four-door sedan. According to police, the thieves stole $2,000 in cash, her cell phone and credit cards.

The third robbery took place June 5 at 12:05 a.m. in front of 131-58 Maple Ave. Police said one of the suspects attempted to remove a 39-year-old woman’s purse from her right arm. Police said when she refused to let go of the purse, the suspect pushed her down to the ground and took the purse with the help of the second suspect. They both fled eastbound on Maple Avenue inside of a van. Police said the pair got away with $7,000 in cash, 550 Euros, her cell phone and credit cards.

Police described the suspects as male Hispanics. Police said one of the suspects wore a gray-hooded sweater and the other a hooded sweater with the number “88” on it. Police said the vehicle was a dark-colored 2006 Dodge Caravan.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at gmartinez@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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