Queens police seek gunman who flashed firearm at bus driver during argument over fare

Queens gunman flashes firearm at driver
Police are seeking to identify this man, who pointed a gun at an MTA bus driver in Queens before disappearing into the night.
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The NYPD is looking for the Queens gunman who threatened to kill an MTA bus driver, while flashing his piece, before disappearing into the night last month.

Law enforcement sources said incident occurred at around 9:20 p.m. on the evening of Dec. 23, on a Q17 bus operated by a 59-year-old MTA employee. According to police, the driver took on passengers at Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, near Queens College in Flushing, with one man boarding without shelling out the fare.

Authorities said the bus driver then called the man out for not paying his fare and demanded that he return to the front to do so. That, cops reported, led to a quarrel, during which the driver demanded the man exit.

Upon being told to get off, police reported, the man brandished a black handgun and threatened to kill the driver.


Law enforcement sources said the man then exited the bus, walked in front of it, and pointed his gun at the driver before fleeing into the night. 

The incident was reported to the 107th Precinct. No one was injured.

Police described the gunman as standing about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a medium build and a light complexion. During the incident he was mostly clad in black, that being the color of his face mask, pants, and sneakers, as well as a bubble jacket bearing the logo of Japanese clothing brand A Bathing Ape. He could also be seen wearing a colorful hood over his head.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.