Young man chased, punched out and robbed in Cambria Heights by gunman who remains at large: NYPD

Cops are looking for this suspect, who allegedly chased a 22-year-old man in Cambria Heights before beating and robbing him just over a week ago.
Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Police from the 105th Precinct in Queens Village are looking for a gunman who chased his victim through Cambria Heights before beating and robbing him on the night of Wednesday, May 8.

A 22-year-old man was in front of a business establishment at 229-02 Linden Blvd. when he was approached by a stranger. Sensing danger, he took off running eastbound toward the Cross Island Parkway with his assailant in pursuit.

As the suspect caught up to the victim, he pulled out a handgun and punched the victim in the head before forcibly removing his cell phone and $11 in cash. The perpetrator ran off northbound on 231st Street and remains at large more than a week later.

The NYPD released a surveillance image of the suspect on Thursday and described him as having a medium complexion, approximately 5’11” tall and 170 pounds with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a blue and white track jacket, ripped blue jeans and black and white sneakers. A reward of up to $3,500 is being offered for information that leads to his 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 May 12, the 105th Precinct has reported 42 robberies so far in 2024, 14 fewer than the 56 reported at the same point last year, a decrease of 25%, according to the most recent CompStat report. Assaults are on the rise in the precinct with 164 so far this year, 13 more than the 151 reported at the same point in 2023, an increase of 8.6%, according to CompStat.