Armed teenage bandit on the run after two recent Flushing robbery attempts: cops

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Cops released on Wednesday video of a gun-slinging teenager responsible for two recent robbery attempts in Flushing.

Law enforcement sources said the first incident occurred at 9:50 a.m. on Oct. 31 at the corner of 150th Street and Melbourne Avenue, across the way from Queens College. The crook approached a 39-year-old man, displayed a handgun and demanded cash.

When the victim refused to comply with the demands, authorities said, the bandit ran from the scene eastbound on Melbourne Avenue.

The youngster struck again at 9:50 a.m. on Nov. 12 in front of a home on the westbound Horace Harding Expressway near 150th Street. According to police, he approached a 24-year-old man, grabbed an iPhone 7 Plus from his hand and ran eastbound on Horace Harding Expressway.

Police said the victim briefly pursued the suspect, but stopped when the bandit pulled out a handgun and demanded cash. After the victim refused, the perpetrator headed northbound on 150th Street.

The NYPD described the suspect as a black male between 13 and 15 years old. He can be seen in this video footage taken following the second robbery.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-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.

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