Persons With Information Asked To Call Crime Stoppers: 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to find a suspect who they say robbed an elderly Queens man twice in less than two weeks.

The robberies happened on June 29 and July 9 near 41 Avenue and 21 Street, police said.

In the first incident, police said the suspect followed the victim and approached him from behind, grabbed a chain off his neck and then running.

In the second incident, police said the man forced his way into the victim’s home, grabbed the victim by his throat and threw him to the floor, knocking him unconscious. The suspect took electronic equipment and ran off, police said.

Surveillance video shows the suspect walking up apartment steps and leaving the building.

Police said the victim was brought to Mount Sinai Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

According to police, the suspect is a black male, 20-30 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 5-10 and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, a fitted Yankees hat and sneakers.

On Thursday residents held an emergency meeting to discuss the incidents.

“That something that concerns me. I look at my little boy, he goes to the store, he could be an easy target,” one man told 1010 WINS reporter Eileen Lehpamer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit the Crime Stoppers website or text their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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