Police are looking for suspects in connection with an armed robbery that took place in Jackson Heights just after 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 11.
Video footage captured three young men surrounding a 20-year-old man. One held a gun to his head, while the others took his possessions, smiling and laughing the whole time. The suspects reportedly accosted the victim at 72nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue after following him from the train station. After taking the man’s cellphone and money, the three suspects ran away.
“This was a terrible crime to watch on video. To see it on video makes you realize how frightening something like this is and to see the laughing faces of those youth is just despicable,” said Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). “I am confident in the 115th Precinct to bring these people to justice and we are working with the 115th Precinct to make sure that happens.”
While the robbery does make Dromm feel uneasy, he added “I think crime has gone down in the area and this is an unusual and highly uncommon incident.”
What upset Dromm most after seeing the video was the cavalier way in which the attackers held a gun to an innocent man’s head. “I think it was their total disregard for human life,” he said.
The attackers were captured clearly on video, making the job of identifying them somewhat easier. They are described as three black men, believed to be in their late teens to early 20s. The gunman is the tallest of the three and was wearing a white T-shirt, a baseball cap and a Catholic rosary. One of his accomplices is significantly shorter and was wearing a yellow T-shirt and a backpack. The third man was wearing a navy blue T-shirt.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto Crimestoppers.com or by texting tips to CRIMES (274637) and then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.