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Men snatch cellphones from Forest Hills/Rego Park women in broad daylight: NYPD

Incident at Ascan Ave. and Austin Street. (GMaps)

Aug. 5, 2017 Staff Report

The police are looking for three men who have snatched cellphones from women in Forest Hills and Rego Park in the past month.

The first incident took place in the vicinity of Ascan Avenue and Austin Street at around 3:20 pm on Tuesday, July 4,  when the victim was pushed from behind by one man while another snatched her cellphone from her hand. The suspects then ran toward Queens Boulevard.

On Thursday, July 13, at around 11:30 am the men allegedly approached a 45-year-old woman in the vicinity of 63rd Avenue and 99th Street, approached her from behind and grabbed her cellphone from her hand. The men then fled toward Queens Blvd.


The first suspect is described as black, dark complexion, 5’8″-5’9″, 130-140 lbs., last seen wearing a grey shirt, grey shorts, white sneakers and a camouflage head band.

The second man has been described as black, dark complexion, 5’8″-5’9″, 130-140 lbs., last seen wearing a black and white shirt, dark colored jeans and dark colored sneakers.

The third suspect has been described as Hispanic, medium complexion, 5’8″-5’9″, 130-140 lbs., last seen wearing a dark colored shirt, gray shorts, dark colored sneakers and a tattoo on his arm

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS


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Tony Falcone

Opening up the serenity (oops the former serenity) of Forest Hills to the thieving scum of NYC and endangering the children of the areas (AKA Forest Hills, Rego Park, and Kew Gardens) to this type of danger is highly irresponsible. Why bother having police that can get nothing done in these areas becoming a haven for the scum of the streets? Why waste our time talking about how to solve a problem that just exploded out of control? You want solutions? Turn to your local politicians and ask for their help. E-Mail them informing them as to your concerns and then turn to the police and die holding your breath for the results you seek. NYC take your peaceful streets back from the criminals. Don’t ever let them win by taking anything from you. It’s them or you, them or us.
God bless Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park!!!


It’s always a out cast in the neighborhood. People need to be aware of their surroundings.


Stop the shuttle coming from Jamaica, we are getting banks robbed, women beat up and robbed. I am sick of it. These are not people from Forest Hills, but probably Jamaica. MOVE that shuttle some where else get these low lifes out of forest hills and the females and everyone else can feel safe.


Also,they come from brooklyn
I am a store keeper in woodhaven and jamaica…and believe me crime is also coming from brooklyn.

S Griffin

Headline should read ” coward’s” snatch cell phone’s. Attack in pack’s. Thank’s Warren…………

B Cortes

The once CLEAN, PLEASANT, FUN with a touch of ELEGANCE neighborhood of Forest Hills it’s sadly making a turned for the worst.It makes me so angry to see how the beautiful neighborhoods of Rego Park and Forest Hills polluted by this kind of individuals.There is many to be blame for this tragic change that was put upon us The long time residents of these neighborhoods … We must blame DeBlasio for turning hotels so near our homes into shelters for crackheads and prostitutes. We also blame the government for allowing disgusting chain-restaurants that only attract low life individuals to our streets …we blame the government for allowing the mind blowing increase in commercial real state rents that our Moms and Pops shops and restaurants owners can no longer keep up. Gone are the nice weekend walks along the streets of Forest Hills and Rego Park. Gone are the Fun nights after work, dinner with friends at a DECENT restaurant with a nice atmosphere. Gone are the weekends that you could shop on Austin Street. Gone are the days that you could go for a morning jog. Gone are the CLEAN STREETS!!! And gone will be the pleasant people that still live in these neighborhoods. … bc we can’t live among the garbage people that are infesting our home.

Tony Falcone

Hey chief what about the homeless from Jamaica along Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens to Forest Hills. That’s the infestation you’re referring to isn’t it?


They maybe from Jamaica with the bus now stopping in forest hills from Jamaica it brings all the riff raff from Jamaica they need to change that route every weekend we have this in forest hills and it going to go on for month they should done that in Kew garden near the court


They are no riff raff from Jamaica and you sound like a racist rat have several seats


Criminals are not going ta take bus before or after a crime…think
They get lost in walking crouds.

Tony Falcone

Well considering the E and F trains have run through the area for decades it seems unlikely that a new bus route from Jamaica would make a dent such as this. Some of these individuals just seem misguided and stupid (just out of Middle School or high school with nothing anticipated for their future). I would think these are crimes of opportunity for these scums of society. SCREAM FOR HELP!!!


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