Arverne Bandit Strikes Several JFK Hotels
An alleged teenage bandit from Arverne was charged last week with pulling five stuck-ups at several hotels near JFK International Airport, according to the Queens District Attorney's Office.
Clifford Brown, 19, of Beach 56 Place, allegedly struck the hotels early in the morning - wielding either a gun with a red bandana tied around the barrel or simulating a gun to strike fear in overnight desk attendants.
Cops say Brown's spree started at about 7 a.m. on April 17, when he went to a Howard Johnson Hotel on Rockaway Boulevard, displayed a gun with the bandana tied around it, threatened to shoot the clerk and made off with cash. About five minutes later, cops say, Brown went to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Baisley Boulevard, displayed the gun again and stole money from two cash drawers. This time though, Brown's image was captured by a surveillance camera, according to court records.
Brown allegedly returned to the scene of his first stick-up - the Howard Johnson - two days later at about 4:20 a.m. Police said he wore a mask, simulated a gun under his hat and again took money from the cash register.
Then - just five minutes later - cops say Brown struck the Holiday Inn on 135 Avenue. He allegedly flashed the handgun with the bandanna wrapped around it and demanded money.
About 20 minutes later, Brown was at the Jamaica Club Hotel on Rockaway Boulevard. With both hands in his pockets - simulating a gun - he shouted, "Get me the cash! Get me the cash," according to court records. And again he made off with cash.
Police did not say how they caught up with the alleged pattern robber, but Brown was being arraigned on the charges in Queens Criminal Court by the 21 of April. Thomas Johnson, Brown's Legal Aid Society attorney, said his client is looking forward "to a fair and just resolution" in court. He added that Brown had "no proceeds on his person" when he was arrested.
Brown faces up to 25 years in prison and is due back in court on May 5, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.