Queens serial robber caught on surveillance camera

Dray Clark reports on a string of robberies and purse snatching in Flushing, Queesn.
April 17, 2014 9:33:10 AM PDT
Police are looking for a violent serial robber snatching property in Queens, and they're hoping a surveillance photo will lead to an arrest.

The spree started back on November 12, 2013, when the suspect approached a 58-year-old man on 31st Drive and 140th Street in Flushing and punched him in the face. He attempted to steal the victim's property, but fled empty handed when the man screamed for help.

He struck six more times before he was caught on camera after stealing a 40-year-old woman's purse on Maple Avenue and Main Street just after 5 a.m. on February 12.

The photo was captured when the suspect entered a CVS Pharmacy on Cross Bay Boulevard and used the victim's credit card to purchase items.

Investigators believe the man has struck at least nine times in total, most recently on March 17 in the vicinity of Franklin Avenue and Browne Street. Around 6:30 a.m., the suspect approached another 40-year-old woman and snatch her purse from her shoulder before fleeing the location.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.