NEW YORK (PIX11) — Police are searching for a hazmat suit-wearing gunman wanted for fatally shooting a Manhattan bodega worker in one of four armed robberies all believed to be connected, according to the NYPD.
The gunman walked into a deli near East 81st Street and Third Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Friday and fatally shot a 67-year-old worker in the head during a robbery, authorities said.
A short time later, another deli on Melrose Avenue near East 160th Street in the Bronx was robbed at gunpoint by a man in a white hazmat suit and a face mask, officials said.
The worker handed over about $1,200, cigarettes, and assorted merchandise, and the crook fled on a scooter, police said. No one was injured in the Bronx incident.
Police said they have linked the same man to a total of four robberies in three boroughs. In all of the incidents, he was wearing a white hazmat suit and a black mask.
Investigators released surveillance images showing the suspect in the Bronx robbery, describing him as about 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ and on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.