Police said that the victims, a man and a woman in their 40s, were told by the suspect that they could rent rooms in an apartment for $200 a week. The suspect, acting as a detective and showing a shield, showed the victims the rooms and gave them keys before taking $2,300 from them for security.
Authorities have confirmed that when the man and woman went to the apartment they were unable to get in. They later attempted to contact the man that rented them the apartment, but were unable to do so.
The suspect is Anthony Gonzalez, a 48-year-old Hispanic, said the NYPD. He is 5-foot-4 and has a scar on the left side of his face. Police also reported that he has a tattoo of a skull on his right arm, a tattoo of a heart on his left arm and the word NETA on his chest.
If anyone has information, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS(8477).
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