What to Know
- The knife-wielding bandit struck again Monday night, this time targeting a Subway restaurant in Rockaway Beach, Queens, according to police.
- The sub shop was held up at 9 p.m. and the robber got away with about $600. The robbery comes a day after another Subway shop was robbed.
- The FBI said Monday that it is assisting local police departments in a push to catch the bandit, who is believed to have hit 24 businesses.
Police say a knife-wielding bandit struck again Monday night in Queens, just a day after he allegedly held up another business in the borough.
A man in dark clothing who was carrying a knife walked into a Subway restaurant on Beach 20th Street in Rockaway Beach around 9 p.m.
The man stole $600 from the shop before taking off into the night, authorities said.
Police think the robbery is part of a pattern in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. If the robberies are all connected, this would be the knife-wielding bandit's seventh robbery in Queens and 24th robbery overall since March, with the other 17 robberies scattered across Long Island.
The Rockaway holdup comes the same day that the FBI announced it was assisting local police departments in a push to catch the masked man.
The bandit hit a Subway restaurant in Queens Sunday afternoon. He got away with around $500 in cash before he took off, police said.
He’s thought to be the same man who hit a Subway restaurant in Forest Hills on Friday night. In that robbery, a man with a knife robbed a Subway around 9 p.m. before possibly fleeing in a gray Honda, according to police.
Last Wednesday, a Subway restaurant was robbed at knifepoint in Bayside by a man with a knife. The man is also suspected to be behind heists at restaurants in Forest Hills, Flushing and Howard Beach.
In many of the robberies, a hooded man with a knife targets employees as they close up shop for the night. No one has been injured in any of them.
Anyone with information about the robber should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.