Arrest of Robbery Suspect Aided by Distinctive Underwear, Say Authorities

by Madison Thomas
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Authorities in New York credited the unusual appearance of a robbery suspect’s underwear—a pair of vividly colored briefs—for assisting in his apprehension over a year after the crime. The New York federal authorities disclosed this on Wednesday.

On September 14, 2022, a robbery occurred at a tobacco store in Queens. The incident involved three masked individuals who arrived in a Mazda. As detailed in a federal court complaint filed recently, two of the trio brandished firearms at the store’s staff and patrons. Meanwhile, the third accomplice cleared the cash register, seizing both merchandise and the personal mobile phones of the employees. They subsequently escaped in the Mazda.

Media-circulated surveillance footage revealed the third perpetrator donning eye-catching briefs, distinguished by a prominent white “R” and the year “1990” in yellow.

The breakthrough in the case came from an anonymous informant who provided police with the Instagram username of the suspect known for his striking underwear. This tip also included information that the culprits had attempted to offload their stolen goods at another site in Queens.

Investigating officers scrutinized video recordings from this second location and identified the man, now unmasked, by his notable underwear. They established his identity through his Instagram profile, surveillance footage from the location where the stolen items were sold, and images from his previous arrests.

The 30-year-old suspect was apprehended at his residence in Queens on Wednesday morning. This operation was conducted by a joint task force comprising members from the New York Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. He is currently awaiting his court appearance in Brooklyn, as stated by a representative of the U.S. attorney’s office.

An inquiry for a statement has been sent to the suspect’s lawyer at the federal public defender’s office.

The case remains active, with the other two suspects in the robbery still at large, as per the latest reports from the authorities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Robbery Suspect Arrest

How did the police identify the robbery suspect in Queens?

The suspect was identified through an anonymous tip that provided his Instagram handle. His distinctively colored underwear, seen in surveillance footage and during a subsequent sale of stolen goods, helped confirm his identity.

What led to the breakthrough in the Queens robbery case?

An anonymous informant shared the suspect’s Instagram handle with the police, along with information about the sale of stolen merchandise. The suspect’s unique underwear seen in surveillance videos played a crucial role in his identification.

What was unique about the robbery suspect’s appearance?

The robbery suspect wore brightly colored briefs with a large white letter “R” and the year “1990” in yellow, which were visible above his low-slung trousers.

Are there any updates on the other suspects involved in the Queens robbery?

As of the latest reports, the other two suspects involved in the Queens robbery are still at large. The investigation is ongoing.

More about Robbery Suspect Arrest

  • Queens Tobacco Shop Robbery
  • Distinctive Underwear Leads to Arrest
  • Surveillance Footage in Robbery Case
  • New York Police Department Investigation Update
  • Federal Court Proceedings in Brooklyn
  • Role of Anonymous Tips in Criminal Cases
  • NYPD-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Joint Task Force Operations

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SarahD November 23, 2023 - 1:21 am

That’s why my mom always said wear clean underwear, you never know! But seriously, great job to the NYPD.

NYC_Proud November 23, 2023 - 3:33 am

proud of our NYPD and ATF task force, they always find a way, even if it takes a bit of time, shows persistence pays off.

Mike_Jones November 23, 2023 - 6:15 am

wow, never thought underwear could actually help catch a criminal haha, this is kinda funny and smart at the same time.

LindaK November 23, 2023 - 5:52 pm

seriously? a year to catch him and all because of his underwear, that’s just crazy… also sad that the other guys are still out there.

Tommy76 November 23, 2023 - 7:29 pm

Its amazing how small details can lead to big breaks in cases like this, also shows the power of social media in solving crimes.


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