Armed suspect in 'Scream' mask holds up smoke shop in Queens

Police say the men got away in a black Mazda 3 sedan.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022
Smoke shop held up at gunpoint in Queens
Derick Waller reports one suspect was wearing a "Scream" Halloween mask.

OZONE PARK, Queens (WABC) -- Police are searching for three robbers, one wearing a mask from the film franchise "Scream," who held up a smoke shop in Queens in the middle of the day.

It was a terrifying scene, caught on camera, and the thieves got away with thousands of dollars.

It happened just before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Briana's World on 109th Avenue in Ozone Park.

Video released by the NYPD shows the suspect wearing the "Scream" mask holding up the store using an assault rifle.

A total of three people entered the store, the other two armed with hand guns. They then demanded the employees' cell phones and stole $3,000 in cash from the register.

Police say the men got away in a black Mazda 3 sedan.

Thankfully, no one was injured.

Robberies in the 106th Police Precinct are up 20% compared to this time last year.

Citywide, they are up almost 40%.

Police are asking for the public's help tracking down the suspects in this latest holdup.

Call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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