2016-07-20 / Features

Astoria Gunman Flees Flying Objects

An armed bandit learned quickly last week that he chose the wrong store to rob.

Officers said the gun-toting bandit walked into the Boost Mobile Store at 25-38 Broadway in Astoria at about 7:50 p.m. on July 15, and ordered a female clerk to give him cash – and not to scream.

The woman ignored the order, screamed at the top of her lungs and started hammering the stunned gunman with a variety of objects in the store.

“It looked like the guy didn’t get her message,” a police source said. “He walked behind the counter and tried to force the woman to open the cash register, but she threw a garbage can at him instead.”

The gunman turned and ran from the store empty-handed, police said. The woman was not injured in the attack.

“He probably wanted to get out of there before she hurt him,” the source said. “He was probably afraid of what she was going to do next.”

The gunman is described as a black male in his late 30s. He was wearing dark clothing, a dark-colored baseball cap and sunglasses at the time of the attempted robbery.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

—Liz Goff

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