CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A baby-faced serial robber has been terrorizing a Brooklyn neighborhood for months, police said Tuesday as they released the teen’s photo to the public.
Richard Rogers, 16, has been connected to at least seven robberies in Crown Heights, NYPD said. He allegedly pulled out a gun during two of those heists and once threatened to shoot a victim, police said.
No one has been hurt in the attacks. Police are pleading for the public’s help to find the teen, described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 140 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.
Rogers’ last known address was 1566 Sterling Place in Brooklyn.
Investigators have named Rogers as the primary suspect in these seven robberies, including two armed attacks just hours apart and a New Year’s Eve heist in front of a police station:
- Sept. 27, 2014, about 12 p.m.: The suspect approached an 18-year-old woman in front of 1491 Saint John’s Place, snatched her cellphone from her hand and ran away.
- Nov. 22, 2014, about 4 a.m.: The suspect pulled out a black handgun on a 32-year-old man near Buffalo Avenue and Sterling place and demanded the victim’s property.
- Nov. 22, 2014, about 3:20 p.m.: Not 12 hours after the above described attack, the suspect pulled out a gun on an 18-year-old man in front of 1588 Sterling Place and demanded the teen’s cellphone.
- Nov. 24, 2014, about 1:35 p.m.: The suspect picked a 16-year-old boy’s wallet out of his back pocket near Park Place and Buffalo Avenue.
- Dec. 3, 2015, about 9:15 p.m.: The suspect bumped into a 38-year-old man in front of 1608 Sterling Place. In the fumbling, the suspect snatched the victim’s cellphone from his pocket.
- Dec. 31, 2014, about 11 p.m.: The suspect approached an 18-year-old man near 1340 Lincoln Place and asked the teen if he was in a gang. He then demanded the victim’s cellphone and threatened to shoot him.
- Jan. 2, about 5:30 p.m.: The suspect grabbed cash out of the hand of an 18-year-old woman in front of 1441 Saint John’s Place.
Anyone with information about Rogers or the string of robberies is urged to call NYPD’s anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).