Man tries to rob 11-year-old in after child refuses to give him a dollar, police say


Police are looking for this man in connection with an attempted robbery of an 11-year-old boy in Queens on Sept. 23, 2021. (Credit: NYPD)

ELMHURST, Queens — A man tried to steal from an 11-year-old boy outside of a mall in Queens this week, police said Friday.

The incident happened around 7:50 p.m. Thursday in front of Queens Place Mall in Elmhurst, according to the NYPD.

Police said a man walked up to the boy and asked him for a dollar. When the boy refused, the man followed the child and tried to steal a bag from his hand, police said.

A struggle ensued, at which point the man was able to take the bag but ran off without any of the contents, police said.

The NYPD released a photo of the suspect on Friday.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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