A man attacked two women in separate Woodside and Elmhurst incidents earlier this month, stealing hundreds in cash from one victim and injuring her along the way, according to an NYPD spokesperson.
The first reported victim, a 31-year-old female, was attacked on Sept. 15 at 1 a.m. while standing in front of a building near 40th Drive and 94th street in Elmhurst. The suspect pushed her and stole her purse that had $600.00 in cash and her cell phone before fleeing toward Roosevelt Avenue, an NYPD spokesperson said.
Police say that same day, at 9:15 p.m. the thief struggled to steal a 49-year-old woman’s purse from her, dragging her along the ground when she fell during the scuffle near Woodside Ave. and 71st street. The thief then fled the location empty-handed after the victim’s father approached.
The 49-year-old woman suffered bruising to her upper and lower torso and received medical treatment on the scene, according to police. The victim from the earlier incident did not sustain injuries.
Police describe the suspect in the robbery pattern, seen in the released NYPD video, as male, between 25 to 30 years old, of a light complexion, and 5’7” with a large build. He has a low haircut, facial hair, and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, dark colored pants, and white sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).