Sketch Courtesy of NYPD
By Michael V. Cusenza
Police last Wednesday added two robberies to the resume of a violent thug who is now wanted for three muggings in Rego Park and Forest Hills.
According to police reports, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, around 5:50 p.m., the suspect approached an 82-year-old woman from behind on 70th Road in Forest Hills, hit her on the head with a blunt object and knocked her to the ground. He then grabbed her purse and fled in an unknown direction. Among the items inside her purse were two debit cards and a credit card. The victim suffered lacerations to the back of her head and was removed to Forest Hills Hospital in serious but stable condition, cops said.
And on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at approximately 5:45 p.m. in front of 70-47 Harrow Street, the individual stepped out of the driver’s side of a blue four door sedan on Harrow Street in Forest Hills, approached a 53-year-old woman from behind and hit her on the head with a blunt object; the victim fell to the ground unconscious. When she awoke, the victim realized that her purse was gone. Among the items inside her purse were four debit cards, two credit cards, and approximately $51 in cash. The woman suffered lacerations to the back of her head and was removed to Forest Hills Hospital in serious but stable condition.
In the first reported incident, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, around 8:20 p.m., a 63-year-old woman was approached by the suspect at the corner of 65th Avenue and 99 Street in Rego Park. The unidentified male displayed a knife, punched the victim in the face and removed her purse containing an iPhone and credit card. The suspect then fled on foot toward 102nd Street. The woman suffered bruising to the face and refused medical attention.
The suspect is described as a black man, 6-feet tall with a medium build, last seen wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt.
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