Two moped riders sought in Forest Hills assault and robbery of jewels valued in excess of $150K: NYPD

Cops are looking for these two suspects, who allegedly assaulted and robbed a man in Forest Hills, riding off on their mopeds with more than $150,000 in stolen jewelry.
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A 35-year-old man was beaten and robbed of a bag containing jewelry valued at $150,000 in broad daylight by two moped-riding strangers in Forest Hills last week. 

Police from the 112th Precinct reported that at around 4 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 24, the victim was walking in the vicinity of 68th Avenue and 108th Street near Yellowstone Park, when the two crooks parked their mopeds and assaulted him before forcibly removing the bag full of jewels and a watch valued at $2,500. The two assailants got back on their mopeds and sped away from the crime scene in an unknown direction, police said. EMS responded to the location and treated the victim for minor injuries to his face and hand that he suffered in the assault, according to an NYPD spokesman.

The released video surveillance Tuesday that showed the crooks as they arrived on their mopeds dressed in all-black biker gear and helmets. A reward of up to $3,500 is being offered for information that leads to their arrest.

Anyone with information in regard to 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 Mar. 31, the 112th Precinct has reported 19 robberies so far in 2024, two fewer than the 21 reported at the same point last year, representing a 9.5% decrease, according to the most recent CompStat report. Assaults are on the rise in the 112th Precinct, with 22 reported so far this year, five more than the 17 reported at the same point in 2023, for increase of 29.4%, according to CompStat.