NYPD detectives said Wednesday they are searching for a woman who used a credit card at a Valley Stream Walmart that had been taken during the first of two March robberies in Queens where the victims were abducted and assaulted.
A video of the woman shows her pushing a shopping cart as she leaves the Walmart at the Green Acres Mall on March 20, the day of the first robbery, police said.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on the woman to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477.
In the first robbery, a 19-year-old man was walking at about 3:25 a.m. near his Rosedale home in the vicinity of 241st Street and 149th Avenue when he was accosted by a masked man with a silver handgun, police said.
The victim was hit in the mouth and pushed into a black van, where he was forced by four men inside to reveal the security code to his home, police said.
The robbers entered the home and tied up a 15-year-old boy, a 59-year-old man, and a 48-year-old woman before fleeing with $54,000, jewelry, shoes, credit cards and luxury handbags, police said.
The 19-year-old went to a hospital on his own for treatment of injuries, while the other three victims were not hospitalized, police said.
In the second robbery, three men carrying firearms approached a 33-year-old man at 6:30 a.m. on March 25 at 140th Avenue and 169th Street in Rochdale, police said.
The victim tried to run, but the men forced him into a dark-colored van, where they demanded money and assaulted him, police said.
The men took his wallet and dropped him off several blocks away, police said. The victim went to a hospital on his own for treatment of his injuries, police said.
Police said they believe both robberies were committed by the same group of suspects.