Police impersonators attempt to kidnap man in Astoria, Queens

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Police searching for two suspects who apparently impersonated police in an attempted kidnapping in Queens.

Police searching for two suspects who apparently impersonated police in an attempted kidnapping in Queens.

It happened around 9:45 a.m. on December 12 at a car dealership on 44th Street in Astoria.

Police said Jose Santiago-Cruz and another suspect approached a 28-year-old man waiting for his vehicle to be serviced.

They sprayed him with an unknown substance, stated that he was under arrest for being a fugitive, put him in handcuffs and tried to kidnap him.

The victim successfully fought them off, and they fled the scene in a gray 2012 Dodge caravan.

Police described 40-year-old Santiago-Cruz as a Hispanic man with dark hair who's approximately 5-foot-6 and weighs 200 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to the above incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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