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Serial Queens bank robber sought by police

Police say a bank robbery suspect more recently robbed a Chase Bank in Jackson Heights earlier this month. Image courtesy NYPD
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ASTORIA — The city Police Department was looking for help in identifying one suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery pattern across the borough, police said.

According to police, the suspect entered banks across the 104th, 108th, 114th and 115th precincts, in which he passed a note to tellers demanding money before stealing cash. The suspect also showed a handgun from inside a newspaper or his waistband, police said.

Police described the suspect as a black or Hispanic male between the ages of 25 and 35, anywhere between 5-foot-8 and 6-foot and somewhere between 180 and 200 pounds. He wore a blue shirt, jeans, sunglasses and a New York Yankees baseball cap, the NYPD said.

The five incidents associated with the suspect occurred July 17 at the 78-01 37th Ave. Amalgamated Bank in the 115th Precinct, Aug. 10 at the 74-03 Metropolitan Ave. Chase Bank in the 104th Precinct, Aug. 20 at the 22-15 43rd Ave. HSBC Bank in the 108th Precinct, Oct. 13 at the 28-56 Steinway St. Chase Bank in the 114th Precinct and Dec. 12 at the 77-01 31st Ave. Chase Bank in the 115h Precinct, police said.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

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