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Suspect sought in 3 Nassau armed robberies, police say

Nassau County police released this surveillance image of

Nassau County police released this surveillance image of the masked gunman wanted in the Dec. 18, 2017, holdups of a West Hempstead 7-Eleven and a Uniondale Sunoco, and the Jan. 15, 2018, robbery of a North Bellmore Subway shop. Credit: NCPD

Nassau County police have tied three recent holdups to one man and are asking the public’s help identifying the suspect.

The same gunman is suspected of robbing a 7-Eleven store in West Hempstead and a Sunoco station in Uniondale early on Dec. 18, 2017, and a Subway sandwich shop in North Bellmore late Monday, police said in a news release Friday.

The suspect, armed with a black semiautomatic handgun, is described as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10 with a thin build. He was wearing a black-and-white mask and gloves, black sweatpants with three white lines down the legs, a black hoodie and black sneakers with white soles.

In the 7-Eleven robbery, which officials said at the time involved two robbers, an employer fended off the holdup with a pizza cutter and a kitchen knife, police said.

The attempted robbery happened at 1:45 a.m. Dec. 18, when two males walked into the store at 310 Hempstead Ave. and threatened the 67-year-old worker with a black handgun, police said. The employee grabbed a kitchen knife and a pizza cutter and attempted to fight off one of the suspects, police said. Both suspects fled the store and got into a nearby sedan near Lindberg Street and headed south, police said. Nothing was taken and no injuries were reported, police said.

About an hour and a half later, police said, the gunman struck the Sunoco station.

According to detectives, a man entered the gas station at 1220 Hempstead Tpke. at 3:15 a.m. Dec. 18 and threatened two male employees, ages 45 and 61, with a handgun. The suspect then took an undetermined amount of cash from the register and fled on foot east on Hempstead Turnpike toward Cunningham Avenue, police said at the time. No injuries were reported.

Earlier this week, the same gunman struck a third time, police said.

The Subway store at 2741 Jerusalem Ave. in North Bellmore was robbed by the man in a ski mask at about 9:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

The robber entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from a store worker, police said. The robber took a gold chain from the worker’s neck and fled with that and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Nassau County police and Crime Stoppers are asking anyone who has information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect to call 800-244-8477.

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