Gunman sought in an attempted armed robbery in Jamaica Hills that left a victim injured in beatdown: NYPD

Cops are looking for this dreadlocked suspect, who attacked a man in Jamaica Hills during an attempted robbery in broad daylight.
Photos courtesy of the NYPD

A 44-year-old man was viciously beaten during an attempted armed robbery in broad daylight last week in Jamaica Hills.

Police from the 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows reported that an attack occurred around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. The incident took place in front of a medical facility at 170-04 Henley Rd. at the intersection with Homelawn Street. According to authorities, an unidentified assailant approached the victim from behind, brandished a black handgun, and pistol-whipped the man multiple times, causing lacerations to his head, stomach, knee, and elbow.

The assailant tried to wrestle away a bag of cash that the victim was carrying, but he was unable to take possession of the bag and ran off empty-handed to an awaiting black Honda two-door sedan that sped away from the crime scene eastbound on Henley Road toward Edgerton Boulevard. It is not clear if the victim was coming from or going to the medical facility or why he was carrying a bag of cash, according to an NYPD spokesman, who added that the investigation remains ongoing.

EMS responded to the location and transported the wounded man to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

The NYPD released surveillance images of the suspect who is described as having a dark complexion, approximately 25 years old, around 6 feet tall with a slim build and long black locs, a hairstyle similar to dreadlocks in the Jamaican Rastafarian tradition. He was last seen wearing a tan jacket, a white sweater with black stripes down the arms, tan pants, and a black facemask.

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 May 26, the 107th Precinct has reported 49 robberies so far in 2024, 4 fewer than the 53 reported at the same point last year, a decline of 7.5%, according to the most recent CompStat report. Assaults are on the rise in the precinct with 115 reported so far this year, 30 more than the 85 that were reported at the same point in 2023, and an increase of 35.3%, according to CompStat.