August 16, By Nathaly Pesantez
A man followed a woman into her Astoria apartment yesterday, placed her in a chokehold and repeatedly punched her in the face causing bone fractures–before stealing her purse, according to police.
The suspect followed the victim into her residential building near 31st Drive and 21st Street at around 7:30 am Tuesday, got onto an elevator with her and got out on the same floor she did. Upon exiting to the floor, the suspect then put the woman in a chokehold and punched her in the face repeatedly.
The assailant then took the victim’s purse, which contained her credit cards, police say.
The woman was taken to a New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she was treated for several bone fractures. Her condition is stable, according to police.
Police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect, who is described as male, Black, between 25 to 30 years old, and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing brown boots, blue jeans, and a black shirt.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).