Jamaica Estates man beaten, robbed by bat-wielding thugs near Cunningham Park: NYPD

Cops are looking for these two suspects, who allegedly beat a Jamaica Estates man and robbed him before making their getaway in a black Pontiac Grand Am driven by an accomplice.
Photos courtesy of the NYPD

A 22-year-old Jamaica Estates man was beaten and robbed in broad daylight three blocks west of Cunningham Park on Saturday, and police from the 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows are looking for the suspects who attacked him with a baseball bat.

The incident occurred just after 7 p.m., as the victim was walking home in the vicinity of 189th Street and Aberdeen Avenue when he was set upon by the two assailants who struck him in the face and head with the baseball bat, police said. They forcibly removed his cell phone and fled in a black Pontiac Grand Am, heading northbound on 109th Street toward Union Turnpike.

EMS responded to the crime scene and transported the injured man to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

The NYPD released surveillance video of the thugs on Thursday, showing them running to the getaway car that was driven by a third individual, who could not be seen. Also not seen in the video is the bat they used to beat the victim.

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

An NYPD spokeswoman could not say if the weapon was recovered by investigators at the scene, but noted that such a detail would not likely be released in a preliminary report by detectives investigating the case. The two attackers are described as having light complexions and in their 20s. One wore a red hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and brown boots, while the other man had a full beard and wore a black hoodie, black pants, a black hat and black sneakers.

A reward of up to $3,500 is being offered for information that leads to their arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Through Apr. 14, the 107th Precinct has reported 33 robberies so far in 2024, 5 fewer than the 38 reported at the same point last year, a decline of 13.2%, according to the most recent CompStat report. Assaults, however, are on the rise in the 107th Precinct with 76 reported so far this year, 11 more than the 65 reported at the same point in 2023, an increase of 16.9%, according to CompStat.