ATTEMPTED ROBBERY —
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an individual who is wanted in connection with a robbery that took place in Jackson Heights on Feb 5.
Around 8 p.m., an individual followed a 39-year-old woman into the vestibule of a residential building in the vicinity of 76th Street and 35th Avenue and grabbed her from behind. The suspect displayed a knife as he tried to take her purse. The victim fought back against the individual as he tried to rip the purse from her grip. The victim managed to pull the individual out to the front of the building, where she screamed for help.
When a person came to her aid, the suspect fled the scene empty handed. The victim suffered a small laceration to her left hand and was treated at the scene by EMS.
The suspect is described as a five-foot-eight-inch Hispanic man in his 50s who was last seen wearing a black and white knitted cap, dark colored coat, black jeans and white sneakers. He also carried a black backpack.