May 17, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
Police are looking for a group of up to six men involved in a series of muggings that took place on the streets of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst last month.
The suspects in each incident punched the victim in the head and then robbed them of cash. The perpetrators allegedly mugged three people over a 48-hour period and hauled in about $2,000 cash, according to police.
The group first targeted a 25-year-old man in front of 76-19 Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights on April 27 at around 11 p.m.
The six men approached the victim and punched him in the face, before grabbing his wallet that contained $1,000 cash. The group then fled the scene on foot while the victim suffered a bruise to his head and was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst in stable condition.
Just over 24 hours later, the group struck again in Jackson Heights when they attacked a man who was sleeping on a bench outside 82-20 37th Ave.
Two group members started going through the 43-year-old victim’s pockets as he slept at around 1:15 a.m. on April 29. When the man woke up, the pair punched the victim in the head and displayed a knife before fleeing the scene on foot.
They made off with $700 cash and the victim’s iPhone 11. The victim suffered pain to the back of his head but refused medical attention, police said. It is unclear if the victim was homeless.
Later that day three group members targeted a 60-year-old man while he was in front of 78-14 Roosevelt Ave. in Elmhurst. The suspects punched and kicked the man several times before stealing his wallet and fleeing the scene on foot. The wallet contained $120 cash, police said
The victim refused medical attention, police said.
Police released CCTV footage of three of the suspects recorded shortly after the latest known mugging. The NYPD described the suspects as being in their twenties.
Anyone with information in regard to these incidents 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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.