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NYPD: Knife-Wielding Man Follows Woman into Jackson Heights Apartment Building in Botched Robbery Attempt

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Feb. 8, 2018 By Tara Law

A man followed a woman into a Jackson Heights apartment building on Monday, grabbed her from behind and threatened her with a knife in a botched robbery attempt, police said.

The suspect attacked the 39-year-old woman as she walked inside the vestibule of a building at 76th Street and 35th Avenue at around 8 p.m. The man grabbed her from behind and displayed a knife while trying to rip away her purse, police said.

The woman fought back and managed to pull the assailant out in front of the building.

A passerby heard her screaming for help and came to her aid. The assailant took off south on 76th Street, empty-handed.

The victim was treated by EMS on scene for a small laceration to her left hand.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 50s. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black and white knitted hat, a dark coat, black jeans, and white sneakers and carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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Athena Emmanouilidis

This looks like the same guy that was caught urinating at the stop at Broadway, Astoria.Someone confronted him, he pulled out a knife and the guy took a good picture of him.


More foot patrol is the answer , the 115pct can’t just drive around with the windows up in their patrol cars , the officers need to be on foot


Police patrols are not being utilized in this neighborhood. There are so many poorly-lit streets, and many buildings with poor surveillance cameras, if any at all. It can really use improvements.

Me V.P.

We need better lighting on side streets and more police presence. Do we have to go back to the days of patrolling our own streets? to be safe?! Where are our tax dollars going! Cops just drive around IF you see them.
I’ll gladly stand watch for a few hours a week, but I can’t fight someone off…….what’s the use if the cops don’t come fast enough?! MAYBE scare an assailant away, if we’re lucky?


My friend was stabbed multiple times just outside the Vernon Blvd station last week around 9 pm. The perp wanted money but my friend didn’t have enough – just cards and a phone wallet. This happened right in front of E&I deli, just a few feet away from the 108 pct. He was rushed to the ICU and is now stable. The perp, hispanic male in 40s, took off in a car. No news channels reported the event – not even one. Crooked Govt surviving on PR whitewash. The fact is crime is still very high in and around NYC. We just don’t hear about it.


There should be more foot patrol from the 115pct. Especially on the side streets not just the major Ave & Blvd


where are these people coming from? Doesn’t look from the nabe…Jackson Heights is getting so Unsafe!!!!


it has been for years now and that is the truth — your counselman Danny Dromm knows this too —


He could b someone from this neighborhood it is very diverse ethnically. This has never been a very safe place! I have been told it is now home to Issis let that sink in?


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