2017-02-15 / Front Page

Cops Hunt Suspects In Violent Corona Crimes

By Liz Goff
Police are searching for a group of heartless thieves who robbed and tortured a 58-year-old homeless man on February 7.

Cops said the suspects spotted their victim at about 6 a.m. on February 7, picking through trashcans on 41st Avenue near 103rd Street in Corona.

The four brutes demanded the victim’s wallet, and when he said he was just looking for scrap metal – and didn’t mean to cause trouble, they grabbed his wallet and assaulted the man with a soda bottle, police said.

The victim told police he passed out during the attack, and when he came to, his wallet and about $15 was gone.

The man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was listed in stable condition.

Cops said the suspects, when arrested, are facing robbery and sexual assault charges.

Police would not say if the suspects are connected to a gang of vicious muggers sought in connection with 19 robberies that occurred in Corona and North Corona since December 28.

The suspects approach their victims from behind and beat then in the head and face and shove them to the ground, then steal their wallets, cash, cell phones and other personal items and flee the scene, police said. The thieves have been roaming an area between 37th and 38th Avenues between Junction Boulevard and 112th Street, police said. Their victims range in age from 21 to 51-years-old. The gang struck three times in less than two hours on January 29, in an area near 102nd Street between 37th and 38th Avenues, police sad.

Cops said the gang went on a recent two-day crime spree in Elmhurst, where they robbed a 27-year-old man on Ithaca Street and Elmhurst Avenue and mugged a 50-year-old man on Broadway and Cornish Avenue.

Police are urging anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.







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