AN ELDERLY woman was punched in the face by a pack of teens who snatched her purse on a Manhattan street, cops said.
Shocking surveillance footage released by the NYPD shows two teen boys and a younger teen girl snatch the 74-year-old woman‘s purse as she fought to get it back around 7 p.m. on September 3.
The three teen suspects allegedly punched an elderly woman to the ground after trying to snatch her purse[/caption]
Surveillance footage shows the teen in the maroon pants knocking the 74-year-old to the ground[/caption]
The woman sustained bruising and swelling to her face and cuts to her hands from the fall[/caption]
The suspects dropped the purse and fled after punching the woman to the ground[/caption]
One of the suspects, a teenaged boy wearing sagging maroon pants and a blue hooded sweatshirt, then violently punches the woman in the face knocking her to the ground.
Cops said the woman suffered “sustained bruising and swelling to her face,” as well as cuts and scraps to her hands from the fall.
The wannabe thief then dropped the purse to catch up with his two friends, who cops suspect are younger than the suspect accused of punching the woman.
The woman, who has lived in New York since 1963, was on her way to deliver food to a friend, WABC reported.
The incident was reminiscent of the death of Tessa Majors, the college freshman who died after she was stabbed during a knifepoint robbery by a group of young teenagers in an Upper Manhattan park last year.
New York has seen a massive crime spike all around during the coronavirus crisis and political unrest after the death of George Floyd, as cops have also noted increased robbery patterns across the city.
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