Aug. 13, 2018 By Tara Law
Police have identified a man believed to have violently robbed five Astoria women in their twenties at knifepoint over the past two weeks.
Police released a photo this morning of Donald Grier, 26, a resident of Ravenswood Houses at 34-15 12th St., who police think is the perpetrator.
Grier allegedly robbed the women at knifepoint between July 28 and Aug. 5, police say. Each attack took place between 29th and 43rd Streets–and 30th and 34th Avenues–after 11 p.m.
Grier, who threatened his victims with a machete, is considered “armed and dangerous,” the 114th precinct warned on Twitter today.
The first robbery took place at 11:30 p.m. on July 28 in front of 34-19 33rd St. He displayed a knife and took $120 out of the 27-year-old victim’s purse.
The suspect then went after 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 attacked 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 shoved her into her building’s lobby and tried to yank her bag away, but took off without managing to take it.
The suspect’s final victim was a 28-year-old woman, who he grabbed 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.
Police describe Grier as black, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, with black hair and black eyes.
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).