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NYPD: 72-year-old man pushed to the ground and robbed on Astoria street Monday

37-10 Broadway

July 13, 2017 Staff Report

A 72-year-old man was pushed to the ground and robbed in Astoria Monday, according to police.

The victim was walking in front of 37-10 Broadway at around 2:20 pm on July 10 when the alleged perpetrator pushed him to the ground and took his wallet, according to police. The victim suffered injuries to his face and knees and was taken to Mount Sinai Queens Hospital for treatment.

The suspect has been described as black, approximately 6′.0″, 180lbs. 25 to 30 years old, and was last seen wearing a white shirt with blue sleeves, tan pants, and blue and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS

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Jim

The price of living in a big city. If you want small town safety where everyone knows everybody then great , but the bad side is there are no jobs in the small towns… Pros and cons you know!

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Steph

I dont think we need more cops we just need citizens to be aware and to keep an eye out for each other. How does this happen with so many people around? People who stood by and did nothing should feel shame. It’s a good neighborhood. Stuff like that shouldn’t happen.

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karen

IMO, the most a bystander could do is shout (to cause attention) and/or call the police to a crime in progress in which force is being used. You never know if the assailant has a weapon or is mentally unstable and harms the victim even further or more people. We live in a different time where it is a risk to for citizens to get physically involved (if that is what you meant) in order to help a victim. Nowadays some groups out there would defend the suspect and twist the incident around. Very few people want to get caught up in legal proceedings. Also, people have valid points about homeless people on our streets and homeless shelters near by. We as a community get used to odd looking or suspicious behavior and let our guards down. That said, I feel like most people do not physically get involved out of fear of being hurt than the latter (legalities). This is where more cops are needed patrolling busy areas of Astoria to deter crimes like this and robberies that we often read about.

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your neighbor

The total elapsed time of this type of crime from the initial knockdown/theft to the getaway is in the order of 5 seconds or less.
Pretty sure that most people on the street were just as stunned as the victim and by the time there was a chance to react the perpetrator was half a block away and the immediate concern would have been determining if the victim needed medical assistance.

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emmanuel

Years ago Astorians would react quickly and at least chase criminals like this down. Nowadays, many people are caught up with minding their business, staring at their phones and afraid to do anything. The new way of getting involved is by using their thumb to like or dislike on social media.

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Anonymous

Exactly check homeless shelters in lic and upper ditmars that the mayor has placed

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Jennifer carmona

He must be from astoria houses unbelievable these people these days!!! He should be put in solitary confinement for the rest of his life disgusting!!!

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jenastoria

And just why do you think he’s from Astoria Houses, hmm? He could be from anywhere. Maybe the guy lives on your block.

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Anonymous

He could also live on your block as well. Why do you think these rampant robberies happen all so random but right next to transportation areas?

Remember the kids who peddled and robbed an old lady last year? Not to far away from the N train station as well. Think about that.

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padre

We all have a right to our opinions. Speaking from experience, when my son was knocked off his bike and it was stolen the unmarked detective cars drove us right to the Astoria Houses trying to find the bike/criminals. I assume they know something that some of us think is not nice to state about those areas.

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bill

Another crime on a busy avenue in the middle of the afternoon. Seems like many criminals in Astoria are blending in with the crowds and trying to take advantage of neighborhoods that have become oblivious to their surrounding. We need more cops on the street.

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