Robber Lures Can Collector With Promise of More Recyclables, Cops Say

By Bryan Graham on May 22, 2013 4:34pm 

 Leonardo Rojas, the suspect in a May 10, 2013 robbery, allegedly lured the can-collecting victim into an alley with the promise of more recyclables, police said.
Leonardo Rojas, the suspect in a May 10, 2013 robbery, allegedly lured the can-collecting victim into an alley with the promise of more recyclables, police said.
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NEW YORK CITY — A man collecting recyclables last week in Queens was held up by a suspect who lured him into an alley with the promise of more cans, officials said.

Police were looking for Leonardo Rojas, 37, in the robbery of the 69-year-old man in Jackson Heights on May 10.

The victim was collecting cans near 100th Street and 37th Avenue about 9 a.m., police said, when the suspect lured him to the back of a house at 37-16 94th St. and threatened him at knifepoint.

Rojas, whom police described as 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, escaped with the man's chain, and there were no reported injuries, the NYPD said.

Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

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