Police released video on Saturday of a person of interest connected to an armed robbery pattern on the streets of Ozone Park and Richmond Hill.
Four women have been held up at gunpoint in the neighborhoods by an unidentified male suspect this month, authorities said. In each instance, the crook approached the victims, displayed a gun an demanded money and/or their cellphone or handbag.
Authorities said the first robbery occurred at 6:50 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the area of 80th Street and Glenmore Avenue in Ozone Park. The bandit removed $40 in cash and an Alcatel cellphone from a 53-year-old woman.
Two nights later, at 6:50 p.m. on Dec. 9, the perpetrator robbed a 28-year-old woman in the area of 81st Street and 97th Avenue. Cops said the suspect took her Samsung Galaxy cellphone.
Law enforcement sources said that the robber struck again at 5 p.m. on Dec. 19 in the area of 88th Street and 103rd Avenue. He held up a 17-year-old girl and removed her iPhone before fleeing.
Finally, at 5 p.m. on Dec. 21, the suspect approached a 60-year-old woman in front of a home on 115th Street between Liberty and 107th Avenues in Richmond Hill. He displayed a gun and demanded her handbag. When the victim resisted, authorities said, the suspect knocked her to the ground and removed her handbag, which contained $452 in cash as well as a debit card and a cellphone.
Cops described the person of interest as a black man between 30 and 40 years of age who was last seen wearing a dark-colored snorkel jacket and a winter cap.
Security camera footage shows the robber carrying out the Dec. 21 holdup in Richmond Hill.
Anyone with information regarding the pattern is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website, send a direct message to @NYPDTips or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.