NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An armed gunman went off with nearly $5,000 this past weekend after holding up the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, a park advocacy blog reported Wednesday.

The thief took $4,873 in the robbery around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, New York City Park Advocates president Geoffrey Croft reported in the Walk in the Park blog.

Citing a police report, the blog reported the assailant pointed a gun at two zoo employees and demanded “the money.”

The suspect held a gun on one employee, while the other loaded money into a bag, the blog reported. The suspect fled into the park, the blog reported.

The blog described the suspect as being a Hispanic male standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and in his 30s. Police have not issued a news release on the robbery, and the DNAInfo reported the NYPD had no further description.

The 18-acre Queens Zoo is operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park had the highest crime of any park in the city besides Central Park so far this year, DNAInfo reported.

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