Police have two suspected robbers in custody after the alleged thieves led authorities on a high-speed car chase through Queens Wednesday morning, law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York.
A sergeant on patrol tried to stop the suspects' black minivan after recognizing one of them as a man wanted for questioning in connection with at least 15 robberies in Queens and Nassau County, but the duo drove off, heading the wrong way on the Clearview Expressway, police said.
The suspects led police on a chase through Queens before stopping their vehicle near Colden Street in Flushing, where they got out and started running.
Police caught up with one suspect in a nearby park and took him into custody. A gun was recovered at the scene. Authorities found the second man, believed to be the driver of the minivan, hours later hiding in a parked car on Moline Street.
The minivan is registered to a person with 15 prior arrests, police say. It's unclear if the driver who led police on the chase Wednesday morning is the registered owner of the vehicle.
Police spotted the minivan while conducting surveillance in the area because multiple gas stations have recently been robbed there.
Published at 8:46 AM EDT on Apr 3, 2013 | Updated at 11:19 AM EDT on Apr 3, 2013