An elderly Kew Gardens Hills man fell victim to two gunmen who were caught on camera as they robbed him on his own porch in broad daylight last week.
Police from the 112th Precinct in Fresh Meadows and Transit District 12 are on the lookout for the two suspects who walked up the stairs of the victim’s home near the intersection of 69th Avenue and Main Street just before 5 p.m.
The 68-year-old man attempted to open the front door when the two men approached with handguns drawn and forcibly removed the man’s backpack before taking off in an unknown direction, according to the NYPD.
The victim was not injured despite the brief tussle that occurred and the backpack turned out to be empty, police said.
The first suspect had a dark complexion and stood about 5’10” and weighed around 170 pounds with a thin build, police said. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a black and blue multicolored shirt and blue jeans with black and red sneakers.
The other suspect had a dark complexion and he was around 6’2” with an “athletic build” weighing about 190 pounds, police said. He was wearing a red baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants with black and red sneakers.
Investigators believe the same two crooks struck less than three hours later at the 75th Avenue subway station in Forest Hills, where they allegedly beat and robbed a 63-year-old man who was trying to leave the station at 8 p.m.
The two suspects approached the victim and one pulled out a gun and used it to pistol-whip the man in the skull multiple times and then took his watch, jewelry and approximately $1,000. The suspects then fled the station on foot.
The victim suffered lacerations to his head and was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens in stable condition.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspects is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.