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NYPD: Man robs Citibank on Steinway Street, threatens employees with gun

Aug. 25, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

A man robbed an Astoria Citibank yesterday after threatening employees with a gun, according to police.

The incident took place at around 9 a.m. on Aug. 24, when the suspect entered the Citibank at 25-91 Steinway Street, jumped over the service counter and security glass, and demanded that employees give him cash, police said. After the employees gave him an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled south on Steinway Street and headed eastbound on 28th Avenue.

Although the robber told the employees that he was carrying a gun, police do not know if he had a gun on him at the scene.

No one was injured at the scene, police say.

The NYPD has released a photo of the suspect, who is described as White or Hispanic, 5’7”, and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweater, dark colored pants, and a black bandana across his face.

Anyone with information in regards 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).

Photo of suspect released by NYPD

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maria

Astoria used to be a safe solid middle-class community and has turned into a typical buyer/renter beware city neighborhood with over priced eateries, homes and rentals.

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Mc

No Maria, Astoria USED TO BE a typical buyer/renter neighborhood and HAS NOW turned into a middle class community with over priced home/rent and eateries

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Anonymous

Ever since Diblasio became mayor crime in Astoria has gone up! #BringBackBloomberg or maybe #BringBackGuliani

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Athena

Bloomberg wanted to act like our moms and raised property taxes by 25% two years in a row, so no thanks

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ajoe

I think this is the first reported crime here that hasn’t occurred within 5 blocks of the Hallets Cove NYCHA projects.

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tanya

He kind of looks like the guy who punched the man in the subway at ditmars station. See article on this site.

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uhhh

oh yea, you can tell from the sliver of his face through his mask, if so please send me the number to your eye doctor

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martha

It is just so sad what is happening to our once safe and quiet neighborhood. This used to be a blog about street festivals, store openings, school and park updates, etc. and now it is turning into a residents beware and careful type of neighborhood information site. Hopefully something will be done now that a major bank was targeted where many of the hardworking residents go to. We have been voicing our concerns for so long especially with the residential break ins and robberies but the proper authorities are not listening.

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The internet

Get a grib. Crime was worse 20 years ago . You just didn’t know about it because everything wasn’t posted online .

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tomas

So your point is that hate crimes, assaults, robberies, homelessness and crimes took place back then to the same degree or more but the mostly hard working middle class families who felt safe and secure enough to raise children here did not know about it because their were no forms of communication?

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Internet

Yes. People perceive there to be more crime now because they are bombarded with all the bad news, immediately . But when you look at the actual data you will see crime has decreased .

Prior to social media , blogs , crime database searches the only way people knew about what happened 5 blocks from them was the news paper or the evenings news … if it got reported ….and word of mouth ( which isn’t that accurate )

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joe

Ok so Astoria always sucked by your standards and memory. Thanks for clearing things up but I disagree. Astoria was a hidden gem.

Internet

Crime is not worse now than 20 years ago.
That is the only thing I’m saying.

The rent increases, property value increases, average education level increase of residents, average income level residents going up, and improved school testing scores at the schools follow neighborhoods that have decreased crime.

You never have increased crime and all those things.

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