Two men robbed at Murray Playground in LIC last week: NYPD

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Two men were robbed at gunpoint inside the John F. Murray Playground in Long Island City last week, according to the NYPD.

The two victims, a 23-year-old and a 24-year-old, were approached by two individuals and engaged in conversation in the vicinity of 45th Avenue and 11th Street around 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, police said.

One of the suspects allegedly lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun in his waistband and demanded the two victims’ property, police said. They complied by handing over their cell phones and wallets.

The two suspects then allegedly forced the 23-year-old man to Palace Fried Chicken, located at 44-45 21st St., where they had him withdraw $100 in cash from an ATM, police said. The two individuals then fled southbound on 21st Street, according to the NYPD.

Police described the first suspect as a black man in his 20s, last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect is a black man in his 20s, last seen wearing a black and white varsity-style jacket, black sweatpants and black 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 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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