Donald Grier

NYPD

Parks Department worker arrested in string of Queens machete robberies

August 14, 2018 - 7:57 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A man who used a machete to rob women in Queens was arrested Monday.

Police have charged 26-year-old Donald Grier, an employee of the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, with one count of robbery.

Grier works as a janitor in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. NYPD officers identified him after receiving an anonymous tip.

Authorities believe he is the suspect wanted in connection to a string of robberies in Astoria.

In every case, police say the suspect threatened women with a machete or knife and demanded cash.

The most recent of the five incidents happened last week on 29th Street near 35th Avenue, where the suspect allegedly attacked a 28-year-old from behind, put her in a choke hold, stole her purse and ran off.