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Cell Phone Robber Targets Teens in Queens



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    Police have released a sketch of an alleged serial cell phone robber targeting teenagers throughout the northern section of Queens, in some cases threatening them with a gun.

    The suspect typically approaches his victims and requests to see their cell phones, according to investigators. If the victim does not comply with his demand, he shows a gun and takes the phone by force.

    The 11 victims so far range in age from 14 to 16, according to police. The robberies, spanning from mid-June to as recently as Aug. 31, have occurred in northern sections of Queens including Richmond Hill, Hollis, Flushing and Fresh Meadows neighborhoods.

    No one has been hurt in the robberies, police said.

    The suspect, believed to be in his 20s, is about 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds with a thin build, police said. His hair is close-cut and he often wears a t-shirt wrapped around his head and copper-colored Nike Posite sneakers. He also has tattoos on his neck and right arm.

    Anyone with information on the suspect or the robberies is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.