2011-09-23 / Top Stories

Suspected Serial Robber Arrested

By Nicholas Briano

A Far Rockaway man is being held without bail for his alleged connection with a string of robberies in Queens, one of which occurred in Far Rockaway earlier this month, according to police.

Eric Colvin, 24, was arrested on Friday afternoon in Fresh Meadows when two police officers from the 111 Precinct witnessed him rob teenagers of their cell phones inside Peck Park near the intersection of 190 Street and Underhill Avenue. According to court papers, Colvin approached the teenagers and threatened them with a gun if they didn’t surrender their phones saying, “If you don’t hand over your phones there will be problems, I had to take my gun out on a couple of other people and I could take mine out on you.” Upon his arrest, police say Colvin fit the description of a wanted man accused of 13 Queens robberies and one in Brooklyn over the past month. According to published reports, he was identified by several victims in a police lineup. The career criminal’s history also includes eight other arrests for robbery, suspended license, drugs and criminal trespass. He was held without bail. He’s due back in court for a hearing on October 4. He was charged with robbery, attempted robbery and criminal possession of stolen property. He’s awaiting formal charges for his alleged role in the robbery pattern that included an incident earlier this month, at the Metro PCS Store located in Far Rockaway.

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