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NYPD: Men assault 73-year old and steal his vehicle in Astoria

Sept. 26, 2017 By Tara Law

The police are searching for two men who attacked a 73-year-old man and stole his car in Astoria earlier this month.

The suspects targeted the senior while he was parking his 2012 Honda Accord near 44th Street and 25th Avenue at around 9:40 am on Sept. 13, according to police.

The alleged perpetrators drove their vehicle up behind the 73-year old and then one of the men got out and falsely accused the senior of damaging his car.

The victim left his keys in his Honda and approached the man’s car to inspect it for damage. The suspect then forced the senior to the ground and then climbed into the victim’s car and drove off with the other vehicle following him.

The victim’s car was discovered later that day at 2:40 p.m. on 64th Street and 37th Avenue. Nothing was removed from the vehicle.

The 73-year-old was not seriously injured in the incident, and refused medical attention.

The man who approached the victim is described as black, last seen wearing dark clothing. There is no description of the man who was driving the other car.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

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There was also a bump and car jack scam all over the news in South Ozone Park. They had video the footage. There are other crimes happening in Astoria but the media seems to prefer posting video ones mainly for views.

Never Left Astoria

Disgusting. Never had this sh*t in the old days (70’s – 80’s). You knew who belonged in your neighborhood – no matter where you lived. Where was 114? Talking to a pretty girl on Steinway?


Between the shelters, rise in local eateries and bars which attract many people from all over ones sense of safety and security has plummeted in Astoria. Everyone needs to be cautious and wary, trust your instincts and know that there are people out there preying on people who let their guards down.


We teach our children not to trust strangers! But as adults we forget those childhood lessons. If someone or something does not look right or sounds fishy take precautions! The same way you should think twice before answering a door for a stranger you need to be cautious when you are out and about in in Astoria. Just the way things are! If this elderly man did not get out of his car (based on perhaps the suspects demeanor and peculiar claims) and called the police perhaps he would of not been assaulted because they would of left!


Except 70% of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. That number goes up to 93% for minors.


The poster said “we teach our children not to trust strangers”.
My point was you can also not trust the people you know.

>>The victim in the article wasn’t sexually assaulted.

Never Left Astoria

I guess you never grew up in a neighborhood where you knew your neighbors and our not originally from Astoria.


Astoria was once a quiet and safe, solid middle-class community. Today it is a buzzworthy city neighborhood similar to any other “trendy” areas which are close to Manhattan by transportation with temporary new residents and new retailers that rely on single young working adults. It still continues to be a great place for some that do not mind the “city” vibe so to speak.


It’s not your fault you don’t know how it was years ago, you just got here. But years ago you knew everyone for blocks and blocks. It was more of a community then. Wasn’t half as crowded. Much more diverse where years ago predominate with Italians and Greeks. It was just better back then


Yeah, I saw a sign the other day from the Mayor telling people to commit crimes in Astoria but to make crime go down everywhere else in the city.

It was weird.


What are you talking about? Are you delusional and hallucinating? The mayor would never do anything like that! Get help and stop spreading false outrageous lies. DeBlasio loves Astoria and we love him!


Scary that criminals like this drive or walk around Astoria looking for their next victim. Nowadays, with the way people are told what to think, crowds in our neighborhood and policing people up to no good know few will question them or be an alert. And this goes for all criminals no matter age, sex, or race. They try to find the easiest targets and fast get always. Be alert!


Yeah, This is the first time in history there has been crime in Astoria and it’s partly because people are being told what to think.

Can we please stop posting completely unintelligent comments ?


You have to look at the police blotter to get them earlier. This is just a newspaper essentially reporting on a report.


You can no longer trust anyone in Astoria. And if the 73 yr. old man chose to stay in his car with his doors locked and refused to get out of his vehicle many would of labeled the victim with a derogatory name and ignored him.

DeBlasio for mayor

DeBlasio won 74% of the primary vote; that’s pretty impressive, even for an incumbent in a primary. He’s pretty much guaranteed re-election. There is no Democrat of anywhere near equal stature on the ballot, and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) doesn’t have the stature to wage a viable campaign against DeBlasio. What it would take for DeBlasio to lose would be huge chunks of the Democratic Establishment in NYC endorsing Malliotakis and actively campaigning for her. That’s what happened with Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, but it’s not going to happen for a candidate with such minimal stature as Malliotakis (who may want to run for Governor or Lt. Governor).


Yes indeed, crime is down. A few incidents do not make a crime wave in a city of millions of people — and is not going to get a Staten Island Republican elected to anything outside of Staten Island.


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