Armed crook in a clown mask sought in connection with a Maspeth hotel robbery

Photo via Google Maps/Inset via Twitter, @NYPD104Pct

Two armed bandits weren’t clowning around when they robbed a Maspeth hotel last week, according to police.

Law enforcement sources said the two male perpetrators walked into the Comfort Inn hotel lobby at 60-30 Maurice Ave. at 3:10 a.m. on Oct. 19 and confronted two employees.

Police said one of the suspects – who wore a white clown mask, a black jacket, gray jeans and white sneakers – displayed a firearm, while his accomplice wore a black hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana over his face while brandishing a knife.

The two thieves demanded cash from the hotel workers, who provided them with $300. The pair then fled the scene on foot along Maurice Avenue.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to a 911 call about the incident; no injuries were reported.

Captain John Mastronardi, the 104th Precinct’s commander, took to Twitter on Oct. 20 and posted a wanted flyer featuring an image of the mask-wearing suspect.

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Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Detective Keith Ehrhart of the 104th Precinct Detective Squad at 718-386-2723 or Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS; all calls are kept confidential.

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