Jan. 29, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection to a series of daylight robberies that occurred inside a park in Flushing earlier this month.
The boy, along with two other suspects, allegedly participated in up to four robberies inside Kissena Corridor Park between Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, according to police.
The teen was arrested Monday and charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.
The other suspects remain at large and are aged between 16 and 19 years of age, police said.
The first incident took place on Jan. 8 at around 1 p.m. when a teenager ran up to a 21-year-old woman at the Oak Avenue and Colden Street section of the park and snatched a phone from her hand, according to police.
The assailant then ran out of the park and got into a gold-colored Toyota Camry before fleeing in the car.
The second incident occurred on Jan. 11 at around 6 p.m. when two teens approached a 58-year-old man at the 56th Road and 146th Street section of the park and demanded cash.
One of the teenagers punched the man in the face and the pair swiped the victim’s wallet before they fled the scene on foot. The wallet contained $70 cash and a gift card, police said.
Days later, on Jan. 15 at around 2:20 p.m., three suspects assaulted an 18-year-old man while he was riding his bicycle in the same section of the park at 56th Road and 146th Street. The group stole his wallet that contained around $20 cash and a debit card, according to police.
Seconds later the group punched a 59-year-old passer-by in the face, snatched his wallet and fled the scene on foot. The wallet contained $150 cash, police said.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.