Police are looking for three scooter-riding men who robbed five people in Queens and Brooklyn during the early hours Sept. 4.
The crime spree allegedly took place within the space of an hour and covered the neighborhoods of Ridgewood and Bushwick, police said.
The first incident alleged took place at around 1 a.m., when a 28-year-old man was targeted in the vicinity of Fairview Avenue and Grove Street by the trio who were all riding on the one scooter. The suspects demanded the man’s property, but the victim was able to flee unharmed without any of his personal belongings being taken.
Ten minutes later, in front of 1885 Woodbine St., a 32-year-old man was approached by the suspects who were on the scooter. One of the suspects put an unknown object to the victim’s back, simulating a possible weapon. The suspects then demanded cash, before taking $100. The victim sustained a minor injury to his arm, while the thieves fled on their bike.
At 1:20 a.m., the scooter-riding suspects targeted a 29-year-old man in the vicinity of Seneca Avenue and Bleecker Street, police said. One of the suspects allegedly pulled out a firearm and then demanded the victim’s property. The suspects took his cellphone and $250 in cash. They then fled on a scooter, with the victim unharmed.
The bandits then rode off and at 1:40 a.m. allegedly targeted a 37-year-old man in front of 321 Eldert St. One the suspects, police said, pulled out a knife before taking the victim’s iPhone 11 and $60 in cash. The suspects then fled on the scooter, with the victim left unharmed.
Three minutes later, the suspects approached a 53-year-old man in the vicinity of Irving Avenue and Weirfield Street. The men allegedly pushed the victim to the ground and demanded his property, before taking his wallet that contained $300 in cash. The trio then fled on the bike. The victim sustained minor injuries to his head, elbow and leg and was treated at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.
The three suspects being sought are described as being in their late teens to early 20s, with slim builds and light complexions. Police have released a photo of the men.
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 https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.