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Police Searching for Two Men Wanted for String of Armed Robberies in Astoria and Woodside

Khyrel Ware and Luis Martinez (NYPD)

April 24, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

Police are searching for two men who allegedly committed seven robberies at gunpoint or with a knife in Astoria and Woodside in the past two months.

Police named the suspects as Khyrel Ware, 21, and Luis Martinez, 19. The NYPD released photos of the pair based on prior arrests.

The first robbery took place on Feb. 6 at 1:15 a.m. in the vicinity of 41st Street and 34th Avenue. The duo approached a 38-year-old man, displayed a knife, and demanded that he withdraw money from a nearby ATM. They took $100 from the victim and fled.

The pair struck again on Feb. 17 at around 4 p.m., in front of 38-16 31st Street, when they displayed a knife to a 16-year-old boy and stole his jewelry and cash before fleeing, according to police. 

The two robbers approached two men about a month later, on March 18 at around 5 p.m., inside a building in the vicinity of 31st Street and 38th Avenue. The pair took their cell phones and cash at knifepoint and fled in an unknown direction.

The two suspects then used a firearm to threaten their next reported victims.

On April 11, around 12:40 a.m., the two men demanded the property of a 25-year-old man at gunpoint in front of 47-05 Newton Rd. They took the victim’s cell phone, jewelry and wallet before fleeing.

The duo went to Woodside later the same day, at around 7 p.m. They approached a 21-year-old man in the vicinity of Skillman Avenue and 54th Street, with one of the suspects displaying a firearm and demanding the victim’s property. They stole the victim’s cellphone and cash before fleeing the location.

Three days later, at around 10 p.m., it was reported to police that the two robbers approached three victims — a 20-year-old male, a 19-year-old female, and a 18-year-old male — inside 35-3 38th Street. One of the men displayed a gun and demanded their property. They took some of the victims’ clothing and fled.

The final incident reported to police occurred last Friday at around 1:30 a.m. when one of the suspects– riding an E-Bike–approached a 25-year-old man who was walking in the vicinity of Newtown Road and 44th Street. The suspect displayed a firearm before removing the victim’s wallet and fled.

Police describe Martinez as being Hispanic, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 140 pounds.

Ware is described as being black and about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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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Lisa Evers

If folks think ‘stop and frisk’ is ok, then maybe we need to come up with something similar for all bankers and similar…you know…a ‘stop and frisk’ for all middle-aged white men who are bankers? Let’s assume them all criminals and search their offices at random, and then write in our police logs that they ‘made a furtive movement’, hence our suspicion of them.

What? What’s that you say? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Funny how just because most street crimes are committed by black/latino men, many white folk therefore assume ‘most black/latino men’ are criminals. But yet, these same white folk don’t think that way about middle-aged white bankers…that they too are probably ‘criminals’ who deserve to be stopped and frisked at random…

Hmmm….

On a related note, all of these robberies were committed against MEN, and in one instance it was of a woman who was WITH two men.

My point is… MeToo women love to go on and on about how awful men are, and how awful it is to be a woman. Yet here is a perfect example of an area where men DO suffer more than women. Men are much more likely to get mugged, and are more likely to get in a physical altercation with a random other guy who simply was looking to pick a fight with somebody. Most women never have to worry about such things.

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Caucasian Rascal

Thank you for confirming that most street crimes are committed by black/latino men.

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Midtowngirl

I see one of these muggings occurred right in front of a former residence of mine. Reminds me of the days of drugs and muggings prior to Mayor Giuliani who cleaned things up. Let the NYPD do their job. Stop and Frisk.

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Legal expert

Agreed, you would be CRAZY to believe that the right of the people is to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents

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Tyronne Fauntleroy

Wishful think young lady. A socialist stain runs the city. Cops have become potted plants and I don’t blame them .

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Tyronne Fauntleroy

Ah yes will the Kennedy foundation come to they’re rescue? Will the judge send them home to write an essay regarding how wrong it is to commit wealth redistribution with the use of a firearm??. Wishful thinking if they are remanded before trial

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Dr. Jose

Crime accures anywhere. That’s no excuse to roll back the clock ; and change the good programs towards reform. Don’t mention that crooked Giuliani ,look whats he’s done with idiot trump .

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Tyronne Fauntleroy

Yeah doc . Crime is on the rise our socialist politicians managed to undo what took over two decades to fix and managed to turn nyc into a toilet again. When Rudy was the mayor he cleaned up the mess . Yep the idiot trump managed to bring the dow to 27k points . Ask the millions of people with stock portfolios 401ks 457b IRA how it benefited them? We sure is hell not paying a flip tax for our fringe benefits doc . In some cases thousands every for every American doc getting medical from they’re employers Yep Trump is an idiot? genius he is

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