2010-11-24 / Front Page

Cops Nab 2, Hunt 3 In Attempted Robbery

 Detectives at the 114th Precinct Squad are searching for three suspects in connection with a robbery that went bad at the Astoria apartment of an alleged drug dealer.

Cops said four known drug dealers showed up at the victim’s 30th Avenue apartment building at about 3:15 p.m. on September 19, armed and ready to rob his stash of cash and drugs.

When the unsuspecting victim let one of the suspects into the apartment, two of his accomplices let themselves in, police sources said. One suspect waited on a building staircase while the others were in the apartment, the sources said. Inside the apartment, one of the suspects pulled a gun and announced a stickup, the sources said.

“The victim and the suspect fought for the gun and during the scuffle, the weapon discharged,” police sources said.

A security camera inside the building caught an image of the fourth suspect bolting from his lookout on the staircase after the shots were fired, the sources said. The two accomplices inside the apartment also fled down the same staircase.

Police at the 114th precinct arrested the armed suspect and charged him with attempted robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

No one was injured in the gunfire, but police arrested the apartment resident on child endangerment charges after they discovered his 7-year-old daughter in an adjacent room. Sources said the child was visiting her father and was in the apartment throughout the incident.

Police returned to the apartment armed with a search warrant and recovered an undisclosed amount of drugs, including marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the sources said.

Detectives at the Astoria stationhouse last week released photos of the three suspects still at large (see photos). Anyone with information on the suspects is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com” The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

—Liz Goff


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