Courtesy of NYPD
The thief walked past the car several times before making his move.
By Michael V. Cusenza
Detectives recently reached out to the public for help in identifying a man who yanked a boy out of a car that was idling on a South Ozone Park street before making off with the vehicle.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect walking past the two-door sports car several times on Wednesday, Feb. 21, around 2:55 p.m., appearing to case the target in the vicinity of 127th Street and 111th Avenue. According to police reports, the 13-year-old victim was seated inside the running vehicle in front of a residence waiting for a family member when the man approached the vehicle and engaged him in conversation. The perp then quickly reached inside the car to unlock the door, swung it open, grabbed the boy by his neck and tossed him toward the sidewalk before slamming the door and pulling off. The victim did not report any injuries, cops said.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, last seen wearing a purple hoodie and tan pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto NYPDCrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly confidential.