Moped riders sought in connection with robberies in three Queens precincts: NYPD

Queens moped robberies in several precincts
Police are looking for these two moped-riding suspects and four others who allegedly robbed three people in three different precincts in less than an hour last week. (Courtesy of NYPD)

Police from several Queens precincts are on the lookout for a group of armed moped riders who allegedly robbed several people during a one-day crime spree on Wednesday, July 6.

The first incident occurred just before 11 a.m. in front of 67-02 Kessel St., within the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills, when two men approached a 21-year-old woman as she was walking northbound. One of the moped riders pulled out a knife and forcibly removed her cellphone, a debit card and ID, police said. The suspects fled westbound on Yellowstone Boulevard and the woman refused medical attention at the scene, according to authorities.

About 20-minutes later, at the corner of 80th Street and Cooper Avenue in Ridgewood‘s 104th Precinct, the two suspects approached an 86-year-old man at the intersection and forcibly removed a gold chain before shoving the victim to the ground, police said. The suspects rode off eastbound on Cooper Avenue and the victim refused medical attention at the scene, according to the NYPD.

About a half-hour later, the two suspects were joined by four others in the 110th Precinct as they came upon a 48-year-old man on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 89th Street in Elmhurst on four mopeds. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and the suspects forcibly removed the victim’s gold chain before riding off westbound on Roosevelt Avenue, police said. The victim was not injured.

The NYPD released surveillance images of the suspects.

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.

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