MACE IN THE FACE
Teen Bandits Spray Victims In Ozone Pk.
One of the perpetrators was identified by the NYPD as 18-year-old Justin Ortiz. He was allegedly accompanied by three unidentified suspects: a Hispanic male between 17 and 20 years of age and two Hispanic females believed to be between 16 and 17 years old.
Two other teenage girls who were seen with the group of bandits, described by law enforcement sources as Hispanic females between 16 and 17 years of age, are wanted by police for questioning in connection with the two robberies.
Authorities said one of the girls wanted for questioning was last seen wearing a red and black jacket and blue jeans while riding a bicycle. The other person of interest was reportedly observed walking alongside while wearing a black and gray jacket, blue jeans and tan or yellow boots.
Police stated that both incidents took place during the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11. In each of the incidents, it was reported, the targets were men.
Law enforcement sources said that during both capers, the female suspects allegedly sprayed the victims with mace. The male perpetrators reportedly then punched the victims and removed property; the group then fled from the scene.
According to authorities, the first incident took place at 10:45 p.m. on Nov. 10 in front of a location on Sutter Avenue between 84th and 85th streets, where a 40-year-old man was held up by the group. Officers from the 106th Precinct responded to the caper.
Less than three hours later, police noted, the group allegedly maced, assaulted and robbed a 20-year-old man at 1 a.m. on Nov. 11 in front of a location on 81st Street between 97th and 101st avenues. The case was reported to the 102nd Precinct.
The investigation is ongoing.
Persons with information regarding the muggings or the whereabouts of those involved in the cases that could prove helpful is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1- 800-577-TIPS, by text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
All calls and messages will be kept confidential.