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Police arrest suspect who brutally robbed 78-year-old

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Feb. 19, 2015 By Michael Florio

The man who allegedly beat and robbed a 78-year-old in front of an Astoria convenience store Tuesday morning has been arrested.

Charles Piccolo, 37, was caught by police just after 6 pm at the corner of 35th Street and Astoria Blvd. He had a knife on him when he was arrested, according to the NYPD.

Piccolo allegedly approached a 78-year-old man outside of a convenience store located at 22-44 31st Street, threw him to the ground and forcible took his cash.

The victim sustained an injury to the back of his head and was transported to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition.

Piccolo is now facing charges of robbery in the second degree and assault, according to the NYPD. He also faces additional charges for the criminal possession of a weapon in the third and fourth degree

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