Police seek suspects in Astoria armed carjacking

NEW YORK, NY – A 24-year-old male was carjacked at knifepoint last Friday, and police are now searching for two suspects involved in the incident. At around 8 pm, the victim thought he was meeting a person to conduct an in-person transaction of a sale made through the Facebook marketplace.

When he arrived at the agreed-upon location near Newport Road and 41st Street in Astoria, a knife-wielding suspect met him. Instead of buying the man’s vehicle, the suspect displayed the knife and carjacked the unsuspecting victim.

Later that evening, at approximately 8:30 pm., police attempted a car stop on the stolen vehicle on Astoria Boulevard, but the vehicle fled police.

The stolen vehicle was found abandoned at 8615 Forrest Parkway, in the confines of the 102nd Precinct. A second unknown individual was caught on surveillance video exiting the abandoned vehicle.

The suspect was described as a male with a dark complexion, 5’6” in height, approximately 160 lbs., brown eyes, and believed to be in his 20’s. He was last seen wearing a black bubble jacket, black knit hat, black face mask, and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

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The second suspect caught leaving the vehicle was described as a male with a dark complexion, and having a slim build. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored baseball hat, gray sweatshirt, blue sweatpants, and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.