Armed robber who pistol-whipped Flushing victim tied to two other violent muggings in neighborhood

The suspect behind three recent muggings in Flushing.
Screenshot of video courtesy of NYPD

The suspect who recently pistol-whipped a man and stole his cash on a dead-end block in Flushing has been tied to two other violent robberies in the neighborhood, police announced.

Cops said the attacker mugged a 28-year-old man at 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2018, in the area of Maple Avenue and Kissena Boulevard.

According to authorities, the perpetrator confronted the victim and displayed a gun while demanding cash. He then proceeded to strike the man in the head with the weapon, then removed the victim’s iPhone 5 and fled the scene.

Paramedics brought the victim to a local hospital for treatment of a facial laceration.

Two days later, at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2018, the robber confronted a 47-year-old man in the area of Pople Avenue and College Point Boulevard. Law enforcement sources said the bandit struck the man over the head with an unknown object, then pointed a firearm at him.

The suspect, however, took off seconds later without any property, police said.

Both cases were reported to the 109th Precinct. Detectives later determined that the two episodes were connected to the Dec. 27, 2018, robbery and assault of a 54-year-old man on Summit Court off Sanford Avenue.

At about 3:21 a.m. that day, police said, the robber struck the victim in the head multiple times with his gun, then forcibly removed $400 in cash and fled the scene. The victim was treated for facial lacerations and swelling.

On Jan. 4, the NYPD released video footage of the bandit, who’s described as a black man standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing between 185 and 190 pounds and believed to be between 18 and 24 years of age.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website, send a direct message on Twitter to @NYPDTips or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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