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Cops Searching for Man Wanted in String of Gunpoint Robberies in Queens

By Mary Johnson | August 15, 2012 10:15pm
Police said Darren Hicks, 28, is wanted for a string of gunpoint robberies in Queens.
Police said Darren Hicks, 28, is wanted for a string of gunpoint robberies in Queens.
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NEW YORK — Police are searching for a man wanted for committing 11 robberies at gunpoint in Queens.

Cops have identified the suspect as 28-year-old Darren Hicks, who has allegedly targeted store employees and delivery truck drivers throughout several neighborhoods in Queens since early July.

The first incident took place on July 3 just before 3 p.m., when Hicks allegedly approached the driver of a Pepsi delivery truck in front of a J&C Grocery store on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica. Hicks allegedly showed the driver a black semiautomatic handgun and demanded cash before fleeing in a two-door Honda Accord.

Around 10:15 p.m. on July 9, Hicks allegedly repeated the same pattern — this time showing the black semiautomatic handgun to an employee working at a Howard Johnson Inn on Rockaway Boulevard in South Jamaica and demanding cash.

The following day, just before midnight, Hicks allegedly entered a Subway restaurant at 252-18 Rockaway Boulevard in Rosedale, jumped behind the counter and stole an employee’s wallet and cash from the register.

On July 15 around 6:10 p.m., Hicks allegedly targeted an employee working in the Cambria Car Wash and Detailing Center at 208-15 Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, making off with cash from the register.

On July 17 and 18, Hicks allegedly robbed delivery drivers at a C-Town Supermarket at 195-09 Jamaica Avenue in Hollis and at the intersection of 114th Drive and Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans. Police said Hicks stole a wallet, cash and cell phones. Hicks allegedly left C-Town on foot and fled the St. Albans intersection in a white Ford Focus.

A few days later, on July 21, Hicks allegedly struck twice within four hours, robbing a delivery driver at the Farmbria Food Center at the intersection of Linden Boulevard and 219th Street and an employee working at the Fine Fare Supermarket at 199-11 Hollis Avenue.

On July 24, around 2:30 p.m., Hicks allegedly targeted the driver of a Red Bull delivery truck at the intersection of Hillside Avenue and 179th Street in Jamaica.

Then, on Aug. 2, Hicks allegedly robbed two delivery truck drivers within a half hour of each other. The first incident took place around 11:30 a.m. outside the Key Food Supermarket at 213-22 Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village. The second happened around noon in front of the Rite Aid drugstore at 222-14 Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights.

Police said Hicks is 28 years old, stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 150 and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information in regard to this suspect or any of the listed incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.