July 24, Staff Report
Police are looking for an e-bike rider who robbed two people on the streets of Astoria in May and June.
The first robbery occurred on May 26 at 1:40 p.m., near 48-01 Northern Blvd. The victim, a 30-year-old man, was waiting at a bus stop when an unidentified man approached him on an e-bike. He threatened to hurt the victim and demanded money, police said.
The victim handed over $102 and the man fled northbound on 48th Street. The victim was not physically injured.
Later, just after midnight on June 3, a 36-year-old woman was walking in front of 32-33 44th St. when the thief rushed up behind her, demanded that she stay still and removed her backpack. He then fled southbound on 44th street, riding what a police spokesperson described as a golden e-bike. The victim was also not physically injured in this incident.
Police have released a video of the unidentified man from after the second robbery.
Anyone with information in regards to the identity of the man 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 CrimeStoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.