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Suspect Wanted for Stealing E-Bike and Punching Shop Worker in Astoria: NYPD

(NYPD and Google Maps)

July 14, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Police are searching for a man who stole an electric bicycle from an e-bike store in Astoria earlier this month and punched an employee who tried to stop him.

Police said the suspect entered Fly E-Bike, located at 33-06 28 Ave., on July 1 at around 12:30 p.m. before getting on an e-bike and riding it out of the store.

The worker, a 30-year-old man, chased after the suspect and managed to catch up with him. The pair engaged in a brief scuffle before the suspect punched the employee in the face, according to police.

The suspect then fled on the e-bike in a southbound direction along 33rd Street, police said.

Police describe the thief as being between 16 and 20 years of age. He was last seen wearing a mask over his face, a black hooded sweater, black and gray sweatpants and white sneakers. He was also wearing a black backpack.

Video footage and a photo of the suspect have been released.

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.
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