CROWN HEIGHTS – A victim of a home invasion robbery over the spring recognized one of the thieves yesterday as she took his order at a Chipotle, police say.
At approximately 5:20am on Thursday, May 18, the victim and her two roommates were robbed at gunpoint by three men who broke into their apartment, located near the intersection of Pacific Street and Buffalo Avenue in Crown Heights, through a fire escape window. The suspects reportedly tied up the three women (ages 18-, 20-, and 32-years-old), covered them with a blanket, and demanded money. The three suspects fled the scene with approximately $1,500 in cash, according to the police.
The surveillance footage seen below captured one of the suspects earlier this week as he ordered food from one of the victims who works at the Chipotle located at the King’s Plaza Shopping Center. The woman recognized the suspect and confronted him, causing him to flee the scene, a police representative says.
According to the New York Daily News, the suspect was with a young boy at the shopping center when he was spotted. He allegedly grabbed his food and the boy and made a run for it after the victim began questioning him, the paper reports.
Anyone with information in regards 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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.