NYPD hunts thief who attacked and robbed 85-year-old man in East Harlem while he was walking home 

NYPD hunts for thief who attacked 85-year-old man from behind, choking and robbing him in East Harlem while he was walking home

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The NYPD is searching for the assailant of an unidentified 85-year-old man, who was attacked from behind before he was choked and robbed in upper Manhattan.

Surveillance video shows the suspect walking behind the victim around 10 pm, before grabbing and appearing to choke him to the ground on August 1.

The victim was walking down Lexington Avenue just across an intersection at E. 120th Street in East Harlem when the unprovoked attack occurred. 

After the victim fell, the assailant took the victim’s wallet before running off.

The victim is then seen struggling to get up before he reported the incident to police.

He suffered some scrapes and bruises but refused medical attention, according to CBS News.

During its ongoing investigation, the NYPD is requesting the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

Anyone with information about the attack or the suspect is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-477-TIPS. 

Pictured: The suspect (right in red) is seen coming behind the victim, an unidentified 85-year-old man

Pictured: The suspect (right in red) is seen coming behind the victim, an unidentified 85-year-old man

Pictured: The suspect then grabs the victim around the throat with both of his arms before throwing him to the ground

Pictured: The suspect then grabs the victim around the throat with both of his arms before throwing him to the ground

Pictured: The victim is seen struggling as the suspect takes the victim's wallet

Pictured: The victim is seen struggling as the suspect takes the victim’s wallet

Pictured: After grabbing the man's wallet, the suspect is then seen running away from the scene

Pictured: After grabbing the man’s wallet, the suspect is then seen running away from the scene

Pictured: The victim, who suffered some scrapes and bruises, is then seen struggling to get up. He refused medical attention

Pictured: The victim, who suffered some scrapes and bruises, is then seen struggling to get up. He refused medical attention

The New York City crime rate has risen 34.2 percent in the last year, according to NYPD statistics

The New York City crime rate has risen 34.2 percent in the last year, according to NYPD statistics

The attack came amid a spike in crime across New York City over the summer. 

Crime is up 34.2 percent this past year, according to NYPD statistics, and felony assaults are up 17.4 percent from the same time one year prior.

A month before the 85-year-old man was attacked, a different man is seen on camera sucker-punching another unsuspecting man at the Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn, leaving the victim unconscious.

Authorities said the unprovoked attack caused the victim ‘serious physical injury,’ and he was brought to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition.

That August 1 attack came about one week before similar surveillance footage captured the moment repeat criminal Bui Van Phu, 55, donned a glove and punched Jesus Cortes, 52, in the back of the head with great force. 

Cortes immediately fell to the ground, appearing to be unconscious after banging his head on the concrete. He suffered a skull fracture, a broken cheekbone and bleeding to the brain, with EMS rushing him to the hospital on August 12.

An initial investigation found that Cortes ‘exited the restaurant, stopped and observed several individuals talking, at which time an individual exited the restaurant, put on a pair of gloves and positioned himself behind the victim.

‘Without prior conversation or altercation, the individual punched the victim in the face before returning back into the restaurant and later to parts unknown,’ an NYPD spokesman said.

Phu was initially released without bail on misdemeanor charges, but later charged with second-degree assault after New York Gov. Kathy Hochul personally intervened in the case. 

Bui Van Phu (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after punching a diner, fracturing his skull and causing a brain bleed

Bui Van Phu (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after punching a diner, fracturing his skull and causing a brain bleed

Bui was called an 'imminent threat to the community' at a parole hearing after New York Governor Kathy Hochul ordered him back in jail

Bui was called an ‘imminent threat to the community’ at a parole hearing after New York Governor Kathy Hochul ordered him back in jail

In June, a man was caught on CCTV throwing a woman onto the subway tracks in the Bronx.

A week prior, a man had his wrist slashed and arteries severed in another section of the Bronx subway following an argument over loud music.

Days before that attack, another assailant pulled a knife on another man on an Atlantic Avenue subway platform before stabbing him multiple times in the head and torso.

In April, subway shooter Frank James was charged with federal terrorism after shooting 10 and injuring 23 in a rampage inside a Brooklyn train during the morning commute.

A month later, a Goldman Sachs worker, Daniel Enriquez, was killed after being randomly shot in the head on his way to brunch.

Daniel Enriquez (pictured) was shot and killed in a random attack on the subway in New York. He had originally planned to take an Uber, but decided to take the subway instead due to the ride-sharing platform's surge pricing

Daniel Enriquez (pictured) was shot and killed in a random attack on the subway in New York. He had originally planned to take an Uber, but decided to take the subway instead due to the ride-sharing platform’s surge pricing

Frank James (pictured) was charged with a federal terrorism offense for opening fire on a packed subway train in Brooklyn in April, shooting 10 and injuring 23

Frank James (pictured) was charged with a federal terrorism offense for opening fire on a packed subway train in Brooklyn in April, shooting 10 and injuring 23 

Mayor Eric Adams (pictured) has been heavily criticized, especially by families of victims, for failing to crack down on crime in New York

Mayor Eric Adams (pictured) has been heavily criticized, especially by families of victims, for failing to crack down on crime in New York

New York Mayor Eric Adams, who is an ex-cop and ran on a promise to stop crime in the city, has been slammed along with the NYPD for their failure to do so.

Transit crimes have risen by 45.8 percent in the last year, in addition to a 32.4 percent rise in burglary, a 44.6 percent rise in grand larceny, a 38.1 percent rise in robbery and a 19.7 percent rise in misdemeanor assault.

Back in June, Adams fumed at prosecutors and judges for cutting loose suspected shooters, allowing them to unleash more gunfire in New York — saying the ‘bad guys no longer take them seriously.’

During a news conference with NYPD officials in Brooklyn, Adams praised cops for being ‘laser-focused on the shooters’ and making arrests but demanded that ‘the other team must do their part.’

‘The courts have to prosecute. Judges have to make sure they stay in,’ he said.

‘Everyone has to do their part. If not, they go out and come back.’

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