Police continue to search for a man who pistol-whipped and robbed multiple people in Flushing and is now also connected to violent mugging in Corona.
According to police, at 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2018, the suspect approached a 41-year-old man in the vicinity 112th Street and 39th Avenue and displayed a firearm. The perpetrator proceeded to pistol-whip and point the gun at the victim, demanding in Spanish that the victim hand over his property.
Authorities said the bandit then took the victim’s backpack and cellphone before fleeing the scene. Officers from the 110th Precinct responded to the incident.
Law enforcement sources said the suspect has been linked to three previous robberies in Flushing. At 3:21 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2018, just one hour after the previous robbery, the crook struck the victim in the head multiple times with his gun while in the vicinity of Summit Court and Sanford Avenue and pushed him to the ground.
The thief then forcibly removed $400 in cash and fled the scene. The victim was treated for facial lacerations and swelling.
Just two days later, on Dec. 29, 2018, the suspect confronted a 28-year-old man in the vicinity of Maple Avenue and Kissena Boulevard at 5:30 a.m. After displaying his handgun and demanding cash, the crook struck the man in the head with the gun and removed the victim’s iPhone 5 before fleeing the scene.
The victim in this incident was taken to a local hospital for treatment for a facial laceration.
Finally, the fourth incident took place at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2018. The robber approached a 47-year-old man in the vicinity of Pople Avenue and College Point Boulevard and struck him over the head with an unknown object. The suspect pointed his gun at the victim, however the crook fled empty-handed.
The Flushing robberies were reported to the 109th Precinct.
Police described the perpetrator as a man in his late 20s to early 30s with a dark complexion, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and weighing 185 to 190 pounds.
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.