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Machette-Brandishing Mugger Targeting Astoria Women in Their 20s

(Photo: DCPI)

Aug. 9, 2018 By Tara Law

Police are searching for a violent machete-carrying mugger who has targeted Astoria women in their 20s over the last two weeks.

Police released a photo and video of the man who they say attacked five women between July 28 and Sunday. Each attack took place between 29th and 43rd Street after 11 p.m., police say.

The suspect first attacked a woman, 27, at 11:30 p.m. on July 28 in front of 34-19 33rd St. He showed her a knife and took $120 out of her purse.

He then approached a 23-year-old woman on July 29 at 11:05 p.m. near 30-62 36 St. He lifted up his shirt to show her that he had a large knife and took $60 cash from her.

Next, the suspect went after a 21-year-old woman on July 31 at 4:30 a.m. on the corner of 43rd Street and 31st Avenue. He choked her and grabbed her wallet, which contained credit cards and $30 in cash. The victim walked to New York Presbyterian Hospital of Queens, where she was treated for cuts and scrapes.

The suspect struck again on Aug. 3 at 12:52 a.m. He walked up to a woman, 29, who was walking into her home near 43rd Street and 34th Avenue. The suspect pushed her into her building’s lobby and tried to pull her bag away, but took off without managing to take it.

The suspect then attacked a 28-year-old woman from behind on Aug. 5 at 12:43 a.m. in front of 34-35 29th St. He put the victim into a chokehold and grabbed her purse, which contained credit cards, and fled the scene.

The suspect is described as black, 6-feet tall, thin and in his early 20s. He was last seen wearing red sneakers and an “I Love New York” t-shirt. He was wearing a surgical mask in the most recent incident, police say.

Anyone with information in regards to these incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

 

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40 Comments

Jibbtabulous

You can thank deblasio for the dark streets…he must have gotten a great kick back for the low quality led lights he put up everywhere….how much did that cost the residents of astoria? Been here for 40 years and it’s starting to remind me of the old crackstoria days of the late 80s and early 90s




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HA!!!

Andddddd he’s from Ravenswood projects which means our tax dollars subsidize his rent while he robs us. I call that the double whammy!!!




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K

I know this man very well he was positive he always love making music he has a job ppl have they struggle that man would come to me 4 help b4 he would robb sumbody females at that….first thing if u rob sumbody your not walking your running everybody new yorker knows camera is everywhere y walk shit dont make no sense




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A

How does one carry and brandish a machette in Queens, in the summertime? Where did he hide this very large knife? No one noticed? It is becoming even more dangerous to live and/or work in NYC. We need additional police walking our streets. Maybe then, someone brandishing a machette will be seen!!?!




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Wake up!!!!

This is Deblasio’s City!!!!
You can walk around with an open beer in one hand and a knife in the other, urinate in public, jump turnstiles, write graffiti on walls and much more without any consequences.
Deblasio decriminalized many crimes and put massive restrictions on police.
Deblasio is a criminal’s best friend 🙂




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zapps

People talk about DeBlasio but I’m done with democrats in general. I’ve always voted Democrat. I will no longer. I’m tired of their identity politics and apparent hatred of one race and gender. It’s all based on falsehoods in any case. I’m looking forward to the dems having a disastrous midterm election season.




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zapps

Nearly everytime if not every time I go into the Rite Aid at 31st and Bway, there is someone in there being watched for shoplifting. I’ve seen 2-3 times where they confronted the thieves and I’m getting concerned I’m one day going to get caught in the crossfire. This started about 2 months ago.




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Anonymous

Wonder why all the mass thumbs down when you criticize de Blasio, considering he is weak on crime.




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don Yuskie

Easy, they look like shit because people tend to buy the cheapest cameras and/or do not provide adequate lighting for the camera purchased. (I was a consultant on security cameras).




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Bill de Blowsio

We can all thank Bill de Blowsio. Only thing he cares about is more developmental projects in our already overpopulated city.




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dve

Seems like Astoria’s crime, shootings and assaults are on the news every week. What was once considered a safe and family friendly neighborhood has turned into a buyer/renter beware type of neighborhood.




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Anonymous

Astoria is very safe ,but things happen once in a while. The police needs to patrol the area




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AC84

It’s amazing to me that the NYPD has a surveillance video, five witnesses, and a perimeter, and yet can’t seem to catch him…




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Anonymous

Decriminalize quality of life crimes + restrictions on police = increased crime. Thanks Deblasio!




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John

How in the world does one suspect have so many muggings over a week without the police putting out a community alert.

Or am I missing this somewhere? Is there an email list or twitter account that posts these crimes?




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Yota

Criminals no longer fear walking around certain parts of Astoria like they did before De Blasio.




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Jay

100% correct. Deblasio’s policies put restrictions on police and embolden criminals.




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Anonymous

Not just Astoria but all over NYC. Crime has drastically increased over the past 2 years because criminals know this mayor is weak on crime.




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tim

If I didn’t read about it on this site I would not have had any idea. Everyone needs to be on high alert with this piece of garbage still roaming the streets. Many of these streets are so dark-predators can and will have a field day. Stay alert and be on the lookout…




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NYC

Crime has increased over the past 2 years. Don’t believe the fudged crime stats. Deblasio and his policies are slowly taking NYC back to the nasty old days.




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Owen May

Nasty old days? I lived on 30th Avenue near 14th Street in the wayyyyyyyyyy old days. Of the 1950s. Grew up there, in Astoria. Main issue then were gang wars a la West Side Story. But only for the gangs. The rest of us lived peaceably. Robert Wagner was the Mayor. We had a newspaper — The Star. And Star boys who delivered it. The Italians had their own enclave on 14th Street near 30th Drive. And the community threw a feast on 14th every August/September or so — to keep everyone relatively friendly and community-spirited.
Now — deBlasio. And the “issues” are a result of “societal challenges”, to be blamed on guys like Trump?
Something terribly wrong with this picture. Thank heaven that good memories are impossible to steal.




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Hec

Not everyone was living peacefully when the police and politicians were getting paid off by the mob and black fold had to sit at the back of the bus. Or businesses being shaken down for money. So no , it was not ok for a lot of people.




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Owen May

Ironically, folks were living peaceably –outside of the gang wars. In Astoria anyway. And the only folks sitting at the back of the bus were those who missed seating at the front of the bus.
Sometimes in life you have to take your place in line. Nothing personal.




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Linda Maio

Me too. I lived above the laundromat on 14 st. Across from the candy store and grocery store. Astoria pool all summer.Stick ball in the street. Do-Woppers singing in doorways. Remember the gang wars with the guys from Astoria projects. And the feast was right outside our window. Can not ever lose any of those memories!




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Owen May

Well isn’t that nice! Stick ball and Astoria Pool 🙂 I don’t recall the laundromat, but we shopped at Billy’s Grocery (corner 30th Rd and 14th) and Alfieri’s Meat Market right next door, also on 14th Street. I had friends on the block between 30th Avenue and 30th Road named Nicky Pinnachio and Joey Capuano. (Yes…it WAS an Italian neighborhood.) I went to kindergarten at PS 171 and then Mt. Carmel through the 8th Grade. Now with f0nd memories of my childhood and early teen years there. (By chance do you recall “Crazy Grace” of the Feast years? Not nice to call her that, but you know kids in those years…




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