MISSING PERSON: Andy (Andreas) Robbins. 25 years old, 6’1”, dark hair, dark eyes, prominent birthmark on right side of nose, skinny, possibly wearing a grey herringbone dress coat and a scarf. Tattoos on both shoulders and right wrist. Contact with any information: Elsa and Bruce Robbins (home) 212-431-5872. (Cell) 917-318-9707 or email at [email protected]
NEW YORK – Andreas Robbins, a 25-year-old Greek-American who lives in Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town, left a suicide note in his bedroom threatening to jump off the George Washington Bridge on December 30 and has not been seen all week.
Dr. Stamatopoulou spoke to The National Herald. Her voice full of anguish and pain, she said that “if Andrew happens to read your article I hope he just sends me a message that he is O.K. I don’t want to influence your decisions,” and added “I love him very much.”
She said “Andreas disappeared on Monday night. From his writings we are concerned that he was very upset and that he wanted to go far away. Hopefully he has not left Earth.”
When asked if Andreas was facing some kind of problem, she said, “My child is very bright, he is smart and he was searching for the right path professionally and for his life in general. He was thinking also that New York might be a little too difficult a place for him.” Regarding his studies, she said Andreas first studied Religion,” explaining that he was not interested in becoming a priest, it was just a philosophical interest. Most recently he was studying Business.
“He was interested in doing something related to agricultural or in opening a cafe. He was searching and made several inquiries outside New York and I imagine that these are very difficult decisions for him and he thought that if shared his thoughts with us or with his girlfriend that we would try to influence him, so he decided, let’s just say, to cut communications.”
She added: “the only thing I hope for as a mother – it is not a problem if he has cut communications with us, we don’t care what he does, – is that he is safe.”
Dr. Stamatopoulou said there was no recent emotional eruption or anything like. Asked if he might have been affected by the religions he was studying, she said his work “had nothing to do with sects and such. Andreas certainly had spiritual interests but I would not call him religious. He was certainly spiritual and very thoughtful. ”
When asked if Andrew had been suffering from some form of depression she said he was engaged in “existential searching inside him,” but that he did not talk about death; rather “he was making plans for the future.”
She emphasized that “we have hope and faith that Andreas will return. I have the impression that he wanted to cut some threads…I think he wanted to say: ‘Leave me alone so I can make a new start. I don’t want to be in New York and I do not want to be in school. I want to be in a bucolic place and to be in a small community,’ and I think that’s what he did. “
His father, Columbia University English literature Professor Bruce Robbins, told the New York Post that Though cops were initially helpful, Robbins said, they’re now telling him they’re too busy with the Garner protests to help search for his son.
“I was kind of speechless,” Robbins told The Post. “A detective basically said, ‘There’s no one out to take your case because everyone is out there dealing with the consequences of the Eric Garner case.’”
Robbins and, Elsa Stamatopoulou, learned about the note after their son’s girlfriend notified police.
“The note said that he wanted his savings to be given to an organization that fights depression and fights suicide and that he wanted his ashes strewn in the Mediterranean, which is where his mother is from,” said Robbins.
“Cops say they’ve been ‘working diligently’ to find Andreas, who went by Andy.
They’ve sent out harbor and aviation units and canvassed around his neighborhood, law-enforcement sources said. They also issued a missing-person’s report.
His bank account has no activity, sources added…Andy, who is 6-foot-1, was caught on surveillance footage leaving his apartment Monday at 7:45 p.m. without his cell phone or bank card,” the Post reported.
“We just want a sign that he is okay,” Robbins said. “He should do whatever he wants, go wherever he wants, whatever he needs to do, but we just want to know that he’s okay.”
He described his son as a generous person who, “would stop for an hour and talk to a homeless person at 1 a.m. in the morning.”