Police are looking for a group of suspects — believed to be in their late teens or early twenties — who were allegedly behind two violent robberies of men in Queens.
The first incident occurred on April 16 at about 1:45 a.m. near Glenmore Avenue and 76th Street in Ozone Park when the three suspects approached a 25-year-old man from behind and knocked him down to the ground, cops said.
The men then punched and kicked the victim in the head and body, and then stole his cellphone and wallet, according to police. The victim suffered two black eyes and numerous cuts to his head. He was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital in stable condition.
On the following day, the suspects attacked another man at about 11:25 p.m. in front of 105-12 77th St., police said. One of the suspects approached the 32-year-old victim from behind and hit him in the face with a rock, causing him to fall on the ground.
The suspects then continued to punch and kick the victim in the head and body as he was on the floor, according to authorities. They again stole a cellphone and wallet before getting away.
The second victim suffered fractures and cuts to his face and head, cops said, and he was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical but stable condition.
Police — who released a surveillance video of one of the incidents — describe all three suspects as black men who wore dark-colored hooded sweaters with the hoods over their heads.
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).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.