Five remain at large after group assaults and robs a man on a Flushing street

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Cops are looking for five people connected to a recent mugging on a Flushing street.

According to police, at 9:20 p.m. on June 6, an unknown man approached a 22-year-old man in front of an apartment building on Sanford Avenue just west of Main Street. One suspect proceed to punch the man in the face.

When the victim tried to walk away, authorities said, the suspect and six other men followed him and assaulted him. They then took the victim’s tablet and a shopping bag that contained clothing.

The suspects fled the scene on Sanford Avenue. EMS treated the victim on the scene for minor injuries.

On June 19, police apprehended Wei F. Lu of Manhattan in connection to the incident and charged him with robbery. Later, on July 2, police arrested a 15-year-old boy also allegedly involved in the mugging, whose identity hasn’t be released due to his age, and charged him with robbery.

Five suspects remain at large. Police described them as Asian males between 14 and 16 years of age. The first suspect was last seen wearing a dark colored sweater with yellow lettering on its front and dark colored pants. The second perpetrator was last seen wearing a light colored hooded sweater with a black shirt over it and dark colored pants.

The third individual was last seen wearing a black and white checkered blazers with a white shirt. It is unknown at this time what the other two suspects were wearing.

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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 at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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