Officers from LI arrest suspect in Queens elevator robberies
Two NYPD anti-crime officers from Long Island are being credited with quickly nabbing the suspect in a series of elevator robberies in Queens.
The plainclothes officers -- Jonathan Torres of Brookhaven and Nam Jou Kim of Smithtown -- were responding to a report of a stolen cellphone on April 20 at 89-14 34th Ave. in Jackson Heights when they received a call about women being robbed in an elevator at that location, said Insp. Michael Cody of the 115th Precinct.
Based on information that the male suspect was wearing brown clothes and sporting headphones, the officers spotted a man matching that description on the sidewalk nearby. They detained Bernard Moultrie, 35, of Queens, an ex-convict who had recently served time for robbery, Cody said.
The quick arrest by Torres and Kim, who have been on the force since 2004 and 2006, respectively, enabled other officers to bring the three victims to a location where they identified Moultrie as the robber, police said.
"It's a good piece of police work," Cody said.
The women say a man followed them into the elevator. Once inside, he repeatedly punched one woman in the face, demanding her cellphone and headphones. The other victims then handed over their cellphones, according to the criminal complaint.
In addition to the April 20 robberies, Moultrie has been charged in elevator robberies, also involving women, on April 16 and April 18 in Queens, the district attorney's office said. He is being held without bail.