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WATCH: 77-Year-Old Woman Mugged in Broad Daylight on Astoria Street Sunday

An image of the suspect allegedly mugging a senior in Astoria Sunday (NYPD)

Sept. 14, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

Police have released a shocking video of a mugger brazenly hit a 77-year-old woman in Astoria on Sunday – while robbing the senior of her handbag that contained a bible and cash.

The unsettling footage, captured on a cellphone by a passerby at around noon, shows the pair tussle over her bag in front of a discount store at 21-12 36th Ave.

The crook tries to take off with the bag as the 77-year-old clutches onto it with both hands in what essentially becomes a tug-of-war. The mugger then slaps the senior in the face and takes off with the bag.

The suspect fled the scene on foot into the Ravenswood Houses NYCHA development, police said.

The elderly woman suffered cuts to her hands and was evaluated by EMS at the scene but she refused further medical attention, police said.

The woman’s purse contained a watch, $30 cash and a bible, police said.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this individual is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Images of the suspect (NYPD)

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To all the people WHINING

About the video taker NOT stepping in, would YOU have stepped in to assist? Beating off an asshole attacker is one thing, getting a video, posting it online with police will actually STOP the asshole from doing it again! It’ll take longer but he’ll get his comeuppance and a tarnished record.

There are no candlelight vigils ever for those who don’t mind their business and get killed.

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Michelle

I hope someone gets the old woman a new bible and that the suspect gets the help and services he needs.

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Yes to the victim, no to the assailant.

What service does he need? Hugs and Mets Tix? Him being told he’s a victim of his environment? It was bullshit 30 years ago and it’s bullshit now.

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Joe

This is not funny. I have news for you Michelle, you are going to get old too and might face the same situation. I hope you’ll find it funny then.

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Doug

That old woman put up a pretty decent fight against that cowardly punk, although I’m not sure if it was a good idea. She’s just too vulnerable at her age. Let’s face it. In NYC, the punks are winning and the police are not allowed to stop them or the protesters will be out in force. That punk is going to throw the bible away but he’ll spend the money on some trinkets to impress his girlfriends. There will be little point in catching him. He will be out on the streets the same day.

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Juan

Dam he out here stealing an old lady purse and bible. Wow this guy needs to be be sent to rikers before the close.

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Jennifer

Just plain awful. And he got the nerve to be angry ,like somebody owe him something. get a freaking job.

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Joy

All of this could’ve been prevented, just by intervening. But, no. Let’s just record a 77 yr old vulnerable lady getting robbed.

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Cindy

How is someone recording and not doing anything?? Years ago the community would of stopped him and waited for the police to come pick him up. These criminals know no one does anything anymore and are given an excuse for their criminal actions.

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You seem to know an awful lot about him.

Srsly.. he LIVES in pajamas???

That’s pretty specific.

Why not be a hero and name drop his ass to the police???

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Bench warmer

The person who is recording this should be in jail longer then the thief ! Low lives of today’s society

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Cellphone Hero FTW!

It’s a good thing someone was just few feet away to record this whole thing on their cellphone. I’m sure they’ll catch this guy in a few weeks and then release him back into the wild.

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Harriet

Astoria can be loud and dangerous especially for seniors who like to venture on their own. I offered my mom a room in LI where i live during the pandemic and she finally agreed to leave stating how Astoria has changed for the worse since these progressives and liberals moved into their over priced apartments because they were cheaper than manhattan Brooklyn and Lic but they would never move to communities they claim to support.

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