Sept. 25, 2018 By Christian Murray
The police are looking for a man who robbed a Jackson Heights bank Monday and is believed to have robbed three other banks in Queens over the past month.
Yesterday, the suspect entered the Chase Bank branch located at 37-15 82nd St. at around 11:10 a.m. and passed the teller a note demanding money. The teller complied, police said, and gave the man an undetermined amount of money.
The suspect is believed to be Justin Gass, a 39-year-old white man, who is a suspect in bank robberies in Sunnyside, Astoria and Maspeth, police said.
Gass is suspected of robbing the Chase Bank branch at 47-11 Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside at around 2:10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. In that case he passed a note to the teller and motioned to his waistband to indicated that he had a handgun, police said. The teller gave him money.
One week prior, on Saturday, Sept. 8, he robbed the Alma Bank branch at 41-02 Broadway in Astoria. Gass handed the teller a note and was given an undetermined amount of money.
The first robbery in Gass’ spree took place in Maspeth on Friday, Aug. 17, police said. In this case, he entered Valley National Bank, located at 64-01 Grand Ave., and handed the teller a note. The teller gave him $800.
The police have released photos of Gass, who is believed to be about 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 200 pounds and with tattoos on his neck and arms.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)