Sept. 9, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
A group of suspects posing as federal drug agents kidnapped a man in Long Island City last month — before robbing him and abandoning him in Glendale, police said Thursday.
The incident took place on Aug. 10 at around 3 a.m. when the unidentified suspects — riding in a black Chevrolet Camaro — approached the victim on Dutch Kills Street and identified themselves as Drug Enforcement Agents.
The suspects then displayed firearms, before punching the victim and striking him with their guns, according to police.
Video of the incident — which took place on a dead-end street — was released by cops Thursday. It shows the victim, 31, attempting to run away from the suspects.
The video then shows the 31-year-old being apprehended by one of the perpetrators, who grabs the victim by the neck and hauls him back in the direction of another suspect, who appears to get out of the Chevrolet.
Another vehicle, believed to belong to the victim, was being driven by a third suspect and appears in the shot. The vehicle quickly stops, and police say the suspects covered the victim’s head and forced him into his vehicle.
The vehicle then speeds off and is quickly followed by the Chevrolet, the footage shows.
Police say the suspects then drove the man as far as 88th Street and Myrtle Avenue in Glendale before dumping him on the street.
The assailants allegedly stole the victim’s wallet, which contained about $1,700 dollars and a debit card, as well as his cellphone, police said.
The 31-year-old suffered bruising and lacerations to his face and was transported by EMS to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.
The video released by police also shows two of the suspects riding in an elevator. Police say all of the suspects involved in the incident were wearing masks.
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 Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/
The unidentified individuals are described as males wearing masks.