Cops search for man connected to several violent robberies

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man responsible for a pattern of robberies spanning several different police precincts in Brooklyn and Queens.

According to police, 64-year-old Clarence Jones – described as a 5’8” black male, weighing 202 pounds with gray hair – has been linked to several violent robberies aimed at senior citizens in the 78th, 104th, and 66th Precincts.

Photo courtesy of the NYPD
Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Among the incidents is the attack on a 91-year-old woman on March 2, in which the assailant placed her in a chokehold and demanded money at gunpoint.

In addition, the suspect is alleged to have targeted a 76-year-old woman on January 20, pushing her inside her apartment and demanding money while displaying a knife and firearm; as well as approached and robbed another female, 71, on February 11, displaying a firearm and hitting her in the face; and assaulted an 83-year-old woman on March 26, hitting her in the face with a hard object.

Collectively, almost $2,000 has been taken in total from the victims.

Jones was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweater, a black jacket, a black wool cap, black gloves, light colored pants and dark-colored shoes. The latest incident occurred in the vicinity of Ocean Parkway and Beverly Road.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the crime stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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