NYPD identifies armed suspect in robbery spree

August 16, 2012 9:10:16 AM PDT
There's a manhunt for an armed suspect wanted in nearly a dozen robberies across Queens.

Police are trying to track down 28-year-old Darren Hicks, the man they believe is responsible for the spree.

The most recent incident happened in the parking lot outside a Rite Aid in Cambria Heights. Police say Hicks approached a delivery truck, knocked on the window and demanded cash from the driver.

It is a scene that has been repeated over and over again. Hicks uses a semiautomatic handgun each time and usually targets truck drivers outside of businesses in the area. But he has also gone inside businesses and demanded cash from the register.

He has hit a car wash, a supermarket, a hotel, a Subway restaurant. At times, he strikes at night. But most often, the robberies happen in broad daylight.

He usually leaves the scene in a white sedan, perhaps a Ford Focus, but he has also fled on foot.

No one has been hurt in any of the incidents, but authorities are still concerned and anxious to get Hicks off the street.

Hicks is described as approximately 5-foot-10 and weighing 150 to 180 pounds.

Anyone with information in regard to this suspect or any of the listed incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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