March 8, Staff Report
Police have uncovered a surveillance video showing the car of a man who allegedly assaulted and robbed three women in Forest Hills over the last few months driving away from one of the crime scenes.
The video shows the suspect driving a dark blue sedan near 69-33 Harrow Street about a block away from the location of his most recent assault, and police speculate that the car could be a Mercury Grand Marquis.
Police released the video as part of their search for a suspect who allegedly assaulted and robbed three women over the course of January and February.
The first incident was on January 18, when the man approached the 63-year-old victim at the corner of 65th Avenue and 99th Street around 8:20 p.m. He displayed a knife and then punched her in the face before stealing her purse containing an iPhone and credit cards and fleeing on foot.
The suspect struck again on February 8 around 5:50 p.m. in front of 110-17 70th Road when he approached an 82-year-old woman from behind and hit her on the back of the head with a blunt object and knocked her to the ground. He stole her purse containing debit and credit cards and fled on foot. The victim was taken to Forest Hills Hospital with lacerations to the back of her head.
The most recent attack was on February 28 around 5:45 p.m., when the suspect attacked a 53-year-old woman from behind after exiting a blue sedan in front of 70-47 Harrow Street. He struck her in the back of the head with a blunt object, knocking her unconscious, before stealing her purse with debit cards, credit cards and $51 in cash. The victim was taken to Forest Hills Hospital in serious but stable condition.
The suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall black man with a medium build wearing a dark sweatshirt.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident or the newly identified car is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).