February 20, Staff Report
Two men have beaten up and robbed nine people in Elmhurst during the past few weeks, according to police.
The suspects have been approaching their victims, punching them repeatedly in the face and body, throwing them to the ground and stealing their cash, wallets and cellphones. One victim was stabbed and another threatened that he would be shot.
The police are looking for two Hispanic men who are both between 17- and 21-years old, slim and are somewhere between 5’9″ and 6’1″in height, who are believed to be the perpetrators.
Four of the robberies took place during the early hours of Saturday, January 28.
The first incident allegedly took place at about 1:00 am on Saturday, January 28, in front of 91-31 Lamont Avenue, when the suspects approached a 49-year-old man and forcefully removed his cellphone and $430 from his pockets and fled on foot. The victim was not injured as a result of this incident.
Just ten minutes later at 1:10 am, the suspects approached a 19-year-old man in the vicinity of Gleane Street and Elmhurst Avenue and removed his wallet, cellphone and $100 from his pockets. The suspects threatened to shoot the victim but did not display the firearm.
Just hours later, at 3:30 that morning, the suspects approached a 26-year-old man in the vicinity of 43rd Avenue and Elbertson Street, where they allegedly pushed him, kicked him several times in his back and removed his cellphone and $20 from his pockets as well as his sneakers and jacket. The victim was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital in stable condition.
The fourth incident took place at approximately 5:00am in the vicinity of Elmurst Avenue and Elbertson Street, when they approached a 38-year-old man, punched him, and removed his cellphone, $200 and miscellaneous items from his pockets and fled on foot. The victim was not hospitalized as a result of this incident.
A little over a week later, the suspects were allegedly preying on Elmhurst residents yet again.
On Sunday, February 5, at approximately 10:10 pm in the vicinity of Elmhurst Avenue and Ithica Street, the suspects approached a 27-year-old man, pushed him to the ground, punched him about his body and removed his cellphone and wallet while holding a knife to the victim’s neck. The police have released video of that incident.
The next incident allegedly took place on Wednesday, February 8, at about 2:45 am in the vicinity of Whitney Avenue and Forley Street, when the suspects approached a 29-year-old man and punched him in the face knocking him to the ground. The suspects took the victim’s wallet, $120 and his cellphone before stabbing him in the side of his arm.
The next incident reported to police took place at about 9:00 pm on Friday, February 10, in front of 74-02 43rd Avenue, when the suspects approached a 41-year-old man, pushed and punched him and removed $140, and his cellphone from his pockets.
The eighth incident took place just ten minutes later in front of 87-42 Elmhurst Avenue, when the suspects approached a 30-year-old man, grabbed him, put him in a headlock and removed $740 in cash and his cellphone from his pockets.
The ninth robbery took place shortly after midnight on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in front of 44-40 Denman Street. The suspects approached a 28-year-old man, punched him in the face and removed $315 and his cellphone from his pockets and fled on foot.
Anyone with information as to these robberies is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).