Police are searching for a group who are targeting e-bike riders crossing the Queensboro Bridge.
Police are warning riders to stay alert and be on the lookout for thieves who have chased e-bike riders, punching and kicking them at knifepoint and threatening violence while grabbing the bikes and the victim’s persona; possessions. One victim told police the thieves pulled a firearm during a robbery at the foot of the bridge, an NYPD spokesperson said.
Five e-bikes, valued at about $1,500, have been stolen from food deliverymen crossing the Queensboro Bridge at night, police said. Four of those robberies occurred in January.
Police said two to three suspects act together, forcibly taking bikes and cell phones from “mostly” food deliverymen. The suspects use force and a weapon to force drivers to hand over their bikes and personal possessions, police said.
The first attack occurred in October 2019, when two armed men approached an e-bike rider and made off with cash, personal items and his bike, police said. The attacks turned more violent on January 22, when two men flashed a knife and a gun before making off with the victim’s e-bike, police said.
Another biker was punched and kicked multiple times in the face on February 11, by two suspects who fled with has e-bike, police said. Three suspects ambushed another e-bike rider on February 13, striking him in the face with his bike lock, knocking him to the ground and beating him before making off with his bike, two cell phones and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
The thieves struck again on February 15, when they stopped and assaulted an e-bike rider before stealing his cell phone and bike, according to police.
Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.