Suspects in custody after Queens manhunt

April 3, 2013 3:17:43 PM PDT
Two robbery suspects are in custody after a manhunt in the Kissena Park area of Queens Wednesday.

Detectives say they terrorized overnight clerks in gas stations and convenience stores for weeks, waving a black semi-automatic pistol and demanding money.

Tuesday morning, police converged on Kissena Park after undercover officers tried to stop a minivan matching the description of the getaway car.

The suspects lost control and crashed.

Officers moved-in with dogs, as a police helicopter tracked their movements from the air.

Within six hours, the manhunt was called-off after both suspects were taken into custody.

"They went to stop the car, a chase resulted, one person was apprehended in the van, another fled the vehicle and went into a park," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

The commissioner said officers recovered a loaded pistol inside the minivan.

The men are believed responsible for a series of armed robberies in Queens.

They may also be the same gunmen who carried-out similar hold-ups across northern and central Nassau County.

All of them took place between 3 and 5 a.m.

All told, there have been as many as 15 robberies in the past four weeks.