QUEENS — Police have released a sketch of a serial robber who they say attacked at least three women in Forest Hills and Rego Park in the past two months, authorities said.
The most recent incident occurred Tuesday around 5:45 p.m., in front of 70-47 Harrow St. near Continental Avenue. The suspect stepped out of the driver's side of a blue sedan, approached the victim from behind and hit her in the head three times with an unidentified object, knocking her unconscious, authorities said.
When the victim regained consciousness, her handbag, containing several credit cards, driver’s license and about $50 in cash, was gone, police said.
The woman, who was able to call 911, suffered a laceration to her head and was taken to Forest Hills Hospital, officials said.
The mugger first struck less than two months ago, authorities said.
On Jan. 18, the suspect approached a 63-year-old victim on the corner of 65th Avenue and 99th Street in Rego Park shortly after 8 p.m., police said. He threatened the victim with a knife and then punched her in the face before grabbing her purse — which contained an iPhone and credit card — and fled on foot toward 102nd Street, police said.
Shortly before 6 p.m. on Feb. 8, the suspect attacked an 82-year-old woman in front of 110-17 70 Rd., police said. He approached her from behind and hit her in the head with a blunt object, knocking her to the ground. He stole her purse, which contained several credit cards and fled in an unknown direction. The victim suffered cuts to the back of her head and was taken to Forest Hills Hospital in serious but stable condition, authorities said.
Police described the suspect as being in his 40s, standing approximately 6 feet tall, weighing about 220 pounds with short black hair and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.