Astoria crooks slash man who refused their demands for property: police

File photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Police in Queens are looking for the crooks who violently slashed a man during a robbery attempt early on Sunday morning.

Authorities said the incident happened at about 5:14 a.m. on Mar. 10 near the corner of 21st Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria.

Law enforcement sources said two suspects wearing face masks approached the male victim and demanded property. When he refused to comply with their orders, cops said, one of the suspects pulled out a sharp object and slashed the man across the face and torso.

After the bloody assault, authorities reported, the perpetrators fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. No property had been taken, police sources said.

Site of Queens slashing
The site where a man was slashed during a robbery attempt on 21st Street off 30th Avenue in Astoria, Queens on Mar. 10, 2024. Photo via Google Maps

Officers from the 114th Precinct responded to the incident. EMS rushed the wounded man to Harlem Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

So far, no arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the slashing can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

As of March 3, the 114th Precinct had seen a tremendous uptick in felony assaults year-to-date, with 107 incidents in total — a 59.7% increase from the 67 reported at the same point last year, according to the most recent CompStat report.