Newspaper ad leads to robbery of 85-year-old woman in Queens

FLUSHING, Queens – Police are asking for help in identifying an man connected to a robbery in Queens.

On Oct. 11, police responded to reports an 85-year-old woman was robbed at her apartment within the vicinity of Maple Avenue and Kissena Boulevard.

The man reportedly responded to a newspaper ad that the victim placed about furniture for sale, police said.

When he arrived inside the apartment, the man allegedly placed $500 worth of alcohol and $20 worth of tea into a bag, said police.
He also demanded the victim’s $4,000 ring, but when she refused, he pulled out a knife, said police.

Neighbors in the area are shaken.

"I feel like I'm ready to move," Shirley Bloomfield, who lived in the Flushing neighborhood for more than 40 years. "I don't feel as safe as I used to."

The individual fled the scene with the items to an unknown area. No injuries were reported.

The individual is described as an Asian male with a light complexion, about 45 years old, balding, 5’9, and weighs about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a striped shirt, blue jeans, and black sneakers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).