70 Year Old Robbery Victim Fights Off Attacker
“I no fight” said Manual, the 70 year old victim of a robbery that took place last Monday morning in the Bronx.
The surveillance video shows him, as he stood about five and a half feet tall standing at the counter of a Pay-O-Matic bill pay and check cashing center on Grand Concourse. Just a few minutes prior, the suspect told Manuel to go ahead. Manuel is then shown trying to pay $300 through the payment slot at the counter window but the suspect grabs it.
Manuel held onto the money and the two ensued in a struggle that involved pushing and shoving. The suspect also punched him multiple times, leaving the senior citizen with several visible scars and bruising on his upper arms.
The NYPD has released the video that shows both victim and suspect. "I have something, a little bit," said Manuel as he showed what his injuries looked like. "He punched in my face, he take my hands like that," he continued as he made a gesture of his hands behind his back, "he take my money like that," he showed a gesture of him pulling from his pocket.
Police describe the suspect as a bald male who was seen wearing a black ski cap, brown jacket with black jeans and work boots.
The woman behind the plexi-glass counter says that she couldn't activate the lock in order to stop the suspect. "We can lock it from the inside," but a customer opened it, and left it open" She said.
In the meantime, Manuel is out of the cash he was using to pay the bill. Realizing it could have been worse, both he and his wife are grateful the suspect did not have a knife.
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