Man forced to withdraw cash from ATMs in Astoria by knife-wielding suspect: NYPD

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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 or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

Updated 9:24 am, November 21, 2017
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Reader feedback

Gt from Queens says:
This is what happens when you live in a city full of welfare suckers! They have nothing else better to do than steal and go on welfare!
Nov. 21, 2017, 5 am
Usual Suspects from NYC says:
Be cautious when you see them in your neighborhood especially when they don't belong there. Profiling might not be right, but it will keep you safe. Hell, even they profile their own.
Nov. 24, 2017, 7:40 pm

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