Detectives need the public’s help in finding three crooks who mugged a 17-year-old male in Flushing in a daytime attack caught on camera.
Law enforcement sources said the robbery occurred in front of a home on Quince Avenue between Bowne Street and Parsons Boulevard at 12:30 p.m. on April 28.
The dramatic security camera footage, which police released on May 1, first shows a white, four-door sedan pulling up near the teenager, who was using his smartphone at a time. The vehicle then moved along a distance up the block before stopping.
Three individuals then exited the sedan, ran up to the teenager from behind and attacked him. The group wrestled the suspect to the ground and removed his sneakers and wallet; police said the wallet contained $10 in cash and a debit card.
One by one, the bandits ran back to the sedan, with the victim giving chase. The victim appeared to try and open the front passenger side door, but failed to do so as the sedan pulled away northbound along Quince Street.
Officers from the 109th Precinct were informed of the robbery. The victim was treated at Flushing Hospital for minor injuries including knee and arm lacerations.
Police described all three suspects as light-skinned males between 17 and 20 years of age. One of them wore a white t-shirt and dark colored pants; a second individual wore a black hooded sweatshirt, red sweatpants with white stripes, and black sneakers; and the third bandit wore a red t-shirt, dark colored pants and white sneakers.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects’ whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.