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Man Robbed at Gunpoint in Park Near Steinway Street: NYPD

Sept. 3, 2019 By Allie Griffin

A man was robbed at gunpoint last month in a small park in Astoria and now police are looking for the suspect.

On Aug. 16 at 2:30 p.m., a 24-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk near Steinway Street and 31st Avenue when another man approached him. The two talked and walked together to Sean’s Place Park on 38th Street, when the second man suddenly brandished a handgun and demanded the 24-year-old victim’s property, police said.

The victim handed over $84 and his LG cell phone valued at $200 and the unknown man fled with both to Steinway Street where he made a speedy getaway on a bike, according to cops.

The NYPD has released the included video of the suspect. 

Anyone with information in regard to this 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). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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25 Comments

Tyronne Fauntleroy

What will con stat record this as?? harassment coupled with a larceny. Thankfully our Socialist mayor and his minions will blame society. Not this mutt

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Caucasian Rascal

That park has been a drug location for many years. I remember delivering the Daily News early in the morning during the late 80’s as a 14 year old kid and I would find wayward nickel bags of pot in the curb. Back then, before cell phones and before Mayor Giuliani, most drug business was conducted in “spots.” 38th street park was a “spot.” The dealer would stash his inventory in a brown paper bag and place it under a parked car. When a customer would drive up, they would reach into the bag to retrieve the order and, invariably throughout the night, a nickel bag or two would fall out of the brown paper bag for me to find the next morning. It was a really seedy park back then before it was renovated and named Sean’s Place after a dead cop. It was a hangout park for lowlifes; there were no families visiting. And it had a quick getaway because there was an exit into the municipal parking lot on Steinway.

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Raymond

Too many criminals are walking around Astoria carrying illegal guns. We need to bring back stop and frisk

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Rosita

This is happening to often. We all need to come together and talk. Lets put our differences aside and stop blaming others for the atmosphere that we created.

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STOP & FRISK

If only there was a law that would stop and deter bad guys from carrying illegal guns!!!!

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Name

Except that law was tested to see if it actually did deter crime and it turns out it unequivocally didn’t. It’s sad when “common sense” can’t hold up to scrutiny. But thanks for the worthless comment.

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TheGrandJibulla

You are looking at planted statistics…the fact that the cops could actually stop and frisk you was a huge deterrent of crime especially in Astoria…look at where you’re at and stop throwing around useless studies…if someone pulled a gun on you near a playground I’m sure you wouldn’t feel like this..its easy to mock something based on some “study” or to prove that you’re some diehard liberal…but take it fro. Am NYC born and bred liberal…the cops need to have the right to use their judgement and potentially recover a firearm that may otherwise be us ed d to kill someone…I was stopped and frisked my entire growing up here and the only time I would get in trouble or taken in n was if I had something illegal one me…that’s how it worked for everyone..no matter your color or ethnicity…the politicians use newcomers to the city who dont understand our hoods, to pass frivolous legislation that is not needed nor welcomed by anyone with common sense…dont bash what you do not know…stop and frisk saved countless police and civilian lives and pretty much brought an end to the crack epidemic that almost destroyed every single neighborhood in nyc

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Do you have any evidence at all they were "planted statistics?"

That which is presented without evidence can be dismissed without it.

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Agreed, the police should have unlimited power

Police should be able to search anyone, for no reason, at all times. I’m glad you’re a fellow socialist who doesn’t care about the 4th amendment.

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Fed Up

This is sick. In broad daylight!!! We take our child to that park all the time. Quality of life has gone way down I’m Astoria. Check the projects. I second that.

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Anonymous

Crime has nothing to do with one politician. It’s illegal to rob people under all mayors. Astoria is very safe . But all these people from Manhattan bring their problems with them

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Common sense

Oh yeah, it has nothing to do with the tone at the top? It’s enough for something to be written down for it to be followed?

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David

I personally knew street criminals when Giuliani was mayor. I don’t think criminals really care that DeBozo is on their side. You sound out of touch and in tuned to Fox News.

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