BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Police released surveillance footage this morning of a man who is wanted in connection with the mugging of a 76-year-old woman.
On April 12 at approximately 6:05 a.m., the man stopped to talk to the woman, who was holding a cane while sitting in front a house on Grand Central Parkway near 164th Street in Jamaica Hills.
The video shows the man engage in small talk before he began to get physical with the woman, tugging at her wallet. The woman attempts to hold onto her purse, but the suspect pushes back her hands, digs into her purse and pulls out her wallet. As the man looks through her wallet, the woman is seen sitting beneath him.
The suspect is described as a five-foot-10-inch white man who weighs approximately 150 pounds. He snatched $80 from the woman’s wallet before running off.
The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored hooded jacket and a skull cap. He also appears to have a beard and wears his hair in a ponytail.
The police are asking that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
Reach Ariel Hernandez at (718) 357-7400, ext. 144, firstname.lastname@example.org or @reporter_ariel.