SUNNYSIDE — Cops are hunting for an armed mugger who is terrorizing a small section of the neighborhood — holding his victims up at gunpoint and then forcing them to withdraw money from ATMs.
The suspect, in his 20s, has struck three times during the afternoon and early evening hours in a two-block area during the spree, which began on April 12, police said.
In the first instance, he allegedly approached the victim, a 25-year old man, in front of 50-38 46th St., near 50th Avenue, around 3:30 p.m.
According to cops, he threatened the victim with a handgun and forced him to withdraw money from an ATM at an unknown location, cops said. After getting an unspecified amount of cash, he fled on foot.
Six days later, the suspect struck again, across from 50-12 44th St., near 50th Avenue, swiping the victim’s ATM card and later withdrawing money himself, according to the police.
Then on April 23, he allegedly approached a 25-year-old man on 44th Street and 50th Avenue, threatened him with a gun and forced him to take out money from two different ATMs. The suspect also took the man’s iPhone, cops said.
Police said the suspect has a mustache and was spotted wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored hat, and glasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.