The NYPD released surveillance footage of a man suspected of robbing a 32-year-old man at knifepoint in Astoria in early October.
The victim was standing in front of 31-67 Steinway St. at around 10 p.m. Oct. 5 when the suspect allegedly approached him from behind, brandished a knife, and demanded money, according to the NYPD.
The victim complied by handing over $20, but the suspect demanded more and walked the victim to an ATM where he withdrew $60 and gave it to his assailant, police said. The suspect then walked the victim to another ATM, located at 32-16 Steinway St. where he was forced to withdraw an additional $220, the NYPD said. The suspect fled in an unknown direction and there were no reported injuries during the incident, police said.
The suspect was described as a black man, 20 to 25 years of age, 5-foot-9 around 175 pounds with a dark complexion and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black jeans, white shirt and white sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparr
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