2015-02-18 / Front Page

FBI, Cops Hunt Armed Stickup Trio

Federal agents and Queens detectives last week nabbed two brothers who they said actd as stickup men in two brazen ambush robberies of armored car guards.

The FBI released chilling surveillance photos in February 2014, of the two men and an accomplice, dubbed “violent gunmen” that showed an armored car guard leaving a branch of the HSBC Bank at 82-57 Broadway in Jackson Heights at about noon on January 31, 2014, after making a scheduled pickup.

Another photo showed the guard, a Garda World employee, holding up his hands as one of the thieves bursts through the glass doors at the bank entrance, pointing a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun inches from the guard’s face, as another of the thieves stood beside the terrified guard.

The thieves sprayed the guard with mace and grabbed a bag containing $300,000 in cash, then jumped into a navy or black Ford Explorer that was waiting outside, authorities said.

Eyewitnesses told investigators the vehicle was dirty – covered with road salt and it was missing a front license plate, authorities said.

Brothers Rafael Alvarez and Evaristo Tower were arrested by FBI agents and cops at the NYPD Major Case Squad, just as they were planning to hold up another Garda armored vehicle, authorities said.

The two men are also charged with a 2013armored car robbery in Queens, where one of the men beat a guard while another pepper sprayed his partner.


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