NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for a group of men who reportedly knocked a woman off her bicycle with their van before dragging her into the vehicle and beating her.
The incident happened Saturday on 30th Avenue in East Elmhurst, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Thursday.
“I think that’s pretty scary. It’s a residential neighborhood. I just moved here and I’ll be a little worried about my wife walking around,” neighbor Larry Barker told Slattery.
The 52-year-old victim told police she was riding her bike when she was hit by a light green Honda Odyssey. She was then pulled into the van, where she said her eyes were taped shut, her hands and feet were bound and she was beaten up. The men allegedly demanded money from the woman.
The five suspects repeatedly asked her “where is the money?” police said.
After driving her more than a mile, the suspects reportedly dumped the victim at 98th Street and Northern Boulevard, police said.
The woman was able to describe one of the suspects as a dark-skinned, Hispanic male who was about 35 years old, 5-foot-10 and weighing 280 pounds.
A police source told Slattery that the victim owned a car service on Astoria Boulevard. But inside, employees said she’s no longer the owner.
If the victim was a former business owner, perhaps she was targeted, Slattery reported.
She was treated at an area hospital and released.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
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