Police Seek Help Nabbing Gun-Toting Bandit
Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate an armed bandit sought in connection with a string of at least 10 commercial robberies since July 9.
Cops said the suspect struck in neighborhoods from Jamaica to Astoria at locations including Dunkin’Donut Shops and Family Dollar Stores, bolting into the location, jumping behind the store counter and demanding cash at gunpoint from workers.
Police said the suspect swiped an undisclosed amount of cash at each of the robberies and fled each location on foot in an unknown direction.
Investigators said the July 9 incident occurred at a bodega on Jamaica Avenue and was quickly followed by a July 13 holdup at a shop at 27-04 Queens Plaza South in Long Island City.
The suspect struck again on July 15 at a Hillside Avenue business, on July 19 at an establishment on Springfield Boulevard and again, on July 20, at a business at 32-02 Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside.
The suspect hit a restaurant at 40-15 34th Ave. in Astoria on July 22, and two businesses on Jamaica Avenue on July 23, police said.
The bandit last struck a business on Continental Avenue in Forest Hills and another on Jamaica Avenue on July 24, police said.
The suspect is described as a black male, 28 to 30 years old, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a medium build.
Investigators said the suspect was wearing a blue Yankees cap and a white tee-shirt and was brandishing a black handgun during each of the robberies.
Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.