JSA offers reward in case of murder of New York store owner

New York—The Jewelers’ Security Alliance is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for the murder of a pawnshop owner in Queens, New York.

On the afternoon of March 28, the suspect entered the Global Pawn Shop in Jamaica, Queens, and attempted to sell watches to store owner Arasb Shoughi, according to a Daily News. report.

The suspect allegedly forced Shoughi to the back of the store, knocking him to the ground and hitting him with a metal rod.

The suspect also stole various jewelry items from the store, JSA said, before fleeing the scene.

Shoughi, 60, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition with serious head injuries, according to the report.

On April 17, three weeks after the robbery, he succumbed to his injuries.

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The suspect is described as a 5-foot-7 male, weighing approximately 150 pounds and of average build, according to a statement from the New York Police Department.

He was last seen wearing a green Adidas baseball cap, black face mask, dark blue jacket with a hood, black backpack, dark green pants and black shoes.

There had been no arrests last week and the investigation is continuing, the NYPD said.

Those with information about the suspect or trying to sell the jewelry can contact JSA at 212-687-0328 or email [email protected]

They can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

All calls to the JSA and Crime Stoppers are confidential.

James T. Quintero