2016-03-02 / Front Page

Cops Scour Broadway For Armed Bandit

By Liz Goff
Police at the 114th Precinct are scouring streets along a section of the Broadway commercial strip for a knife-wielding bandit who held up six businesses within a seven-day period last month.

The armed suspect struck a string of businesses, including a dry cleaner at 29-09 Broadway, R&M Sporting Goods at 23-09 Broadway, a pizzeria at 21-07 Broadway and hit the Family Market at 29-15 Broadway two times during the robbery spree, said Capt. Peter Fortune, commanding officer of the 114th Precinct.

Fortune said the armed thief, who has been targeting an area between 21st and 29th Streets on Broadway, was seen running northbound on 21st Street following one of the robberies. “We’re not sure if he lives in that direction,” Fortune said.

Officers assigned to the 114th Precinct were out in large number last week, canvassing the Broadway corridor and streets north and south of Broadway, Fortune said.

114th Precinct Auxiliary officers also hit the streets on February 26, posting flyers with a description of the suspect on poles along Broadway, Fortune said. The volunteer Auxiliary officers also handed out the flyers to local business owners, shoppers and straphangers along the 31st Street elevated subway. Patrol officers canvassing the area are also distributing the flyers along Broadway, Fortune said.

The 114th Precinct prepared the flyers that feature a surveillance image of the suspect and offer a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone who provides information to the NYPD CrimeStoppers HOTLINE that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, Fortune said.

The suspect is described as a white male, 18-25-years-old. He was seen on surveillance footage wearing a black baseball cap emblazoned with a white Free Mason symbol, a black waist-length jacket, red hooded sweater, dark blue jeans and gray boots. He was carrying a black knapsack with a combination lock attached and had a gray and black scarf wrapped around the lower pat of his face, police said.

Fortune said he has increased the number of patrol officers along Broadway and adjoining streets in an all-out effort to nab the bandit. “You will see a constant presence out on Broadway,” Fortune said. “We are going to work on this on a daily basis until we catch this guy. We want to put him behind bars and keep him there,” Fortune said.

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