Suspect in Custody After Trying to Rob Astoria Laundromat, NYPD Says

By Jeanmarie Evelly on April 18, 2014 1:47pm 

 Police say a 33-year-old man is in custody after attempting to rob Avenue 24 laundromat.
Police say a 33-year-old man is in custody after attempting to rob Avenue 24 laundromat.
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ASTORIA — Police arrested a man who tried to rob a Queens laundromat at gunpoint Friday morning, according to the NYPD.

The 33-year-old suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, tried to rob the Avenue 24 laundromat at 27-03 24th Ave. around 6:30 a.m. The man fled without getting any cash and took off in a white BMW sedan, police said.

The clerk from the laundromat ran outside and flagged down two Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority officers, who put out a call on the vehicle, according to police.

NYPD officers spotted a white BMW that matched the car's description and attempted to pull it over, but the driver fled as officers were exiting their patrol car.

The BMW was discovered abandoned a short while later on Crescent Street, where officers also found a firearm in the bushes nearby.

A man who fit the description of the suspect was spotted walking on the block and was picked up by investigators. Charges against the suspect were pending, police said Friday. His identity was not immediately released.

A woman who answered the phone at the laundromat confirmed the incident took place there, but said she was not present and did not have information about it.

Editor's Note: Police initially said there was a pursuit but later clarified that information.

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