Mom Arrested In Connection With 5 Queens Robberies
By STEPHANIE BARISH • wpix.com
QUEENS (WPIX) - A mom was nabbed by New York City police Monday afternoon in connection with several armed robberies that took place at various banks, restaurants and liquor stores in Queens, PIX 11 News has learned.
Jodi Mendelowitz, 48, of Kew Gardens, was arrested Monday -- hours after robbing both a bank and liquor store just 15 minutes apart. The mom-of-one first hit a Citibank -- located at 69-80 188 St -- where she flashed a silver gun, slipped a note to a teller, and demanded an undetermined amount of cash, according to authorities.
She next allegedly robbed a JR Discount Liquor store -- located at 164-24 69th Ave -- where she again apparently flashed a silver firearm to a cashier before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Prior to robbing the liquor store, Mendelowitz is accused of walking into the Panda Garden Asian restaurant -- located at 147-01 Union Turnpke -- on Aug. 21 where she again flashed a gun and demanded cash. That same day, the suspect allegedly walked into Flushing Wine and Liquor store -- located at 59-04 Main Street -- flashed a gun and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash.
On Aug. 20, she allegedly walked into the Expressway Wine and Liquor store -- located at 154-16 Horace Harding Expressway. In that instance, police said she approached the counter holding a large pocketbook and demanded cash.
In all incidents, police said Mendelowitz fled in a red car, possibly a Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable. In addition, she also wore a black wig, sunglasses, a long blue denim dress and a baseball hat.
Mendelowtiz is facing charges of robbery in the second and first degree, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm.
[Hat Tip: Seymour.]