2010-01-01 / Front Page

Man Robbed At Knifepoint On B. 67 Street

By Howard Schwach

A Far Rockaway man walking past the Beach 67 Street subway station was accosted at knifepoint and robbed of his money and Blackberry cell phone on December 24, police say.

 

Police investigate the robbery at Beach 67 Street and the Freeway on December 24. Police investigate the robbery at Beach 67 Street and the Freeway on December 24. Police sources say that Michael Franco, 21, was walking on the northwest corner of Beach 67 Street and the Rockaway Freeway at 9:50 a.m. when he was approached by a man who confronted him and asked him for his money.

Franco said that the man brandished a folding knife and threatened him. He turned over his wallet and his Blackberry, police say.

In his wallet, Franco reportedly had a U.S. Army military identification card, a New York State driver’s license, a debit card and a credit card.

Franco told responding police that he had seen the knife-wielder speaking with two other men standing under the Freeway shortly before the incident.

After the robbery, the three suspects fled westbound under the Freeway, but a police search of the area turned up no suspects.

The suspect with the knife is described as a male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds with short black hair and a beard.

At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a red sweatshirt and black jeans.

Anybody with information on the robbery is urged to contact Detective John Conroy at the 100 Precinct Detective Squad at 718-318-4266.

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