Two men sought in Jackson Heights armed carjacking: NYPD

Jackson Heights armed carjacking
Photo via NYPD surveillance

A bizarre carjacking was caught on camera on a quiet residential street in Jackson Heights last week.

Police from the 115th Precinct are looking for two men who approached a car in the vicinity of Elmhurst Avenue and 92nd Street just a block north of Roosevelt Avenue during the early morning hours of Sunday, July 10.

A 37-year-old man was behind the wheel when the suspects walked up to his car and one of them climbed into the back seat, pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim’s car keys, police said.

The victim held onto his keys and a brief tussle ensued and the gunman squeezed off a round that missed its mark. The victim was not struck and somehow remained in possession of the vehicle, but the two men did take his cellphone before running off in an unknown direction, police said.

Miraculously, the victim was unharmed but did experience ringing in his ear from the gunshot but did not require any medical attention at the crime scene, police said.

The NYPD released a surveillance video that captured the scene. Both men wore black face coverings and one suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and black sneakers while his accomplice wore a white baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and dark sneakers and a full black backpack.

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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