Caught on camera: Police searching for assailant who violently attacked elderly man in police-defunded NYC

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Authorities recently released surveillance footage depicting an assailant violently charging and knocking down a 73-year-old man in broad daylight.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in helping identify the suspect caught on camera.

The incident transpired slightly before 9:00 a.m. on April 3rd as the victim was standing along the sidewalk out front of 448 West 47th Street.

Video surveillance showcases the suspect aggressively running toward the victim before colliding with him, which results in the elderly victim falling to the ground. Authorities say that the suspect then ran eastbound on 47th Street

Luckily, the victim was transported to a nearby hospital and was reported as being in stable condition.

The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in helping identify the assailant seen on the video.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, are urged to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

In other news regarding suspects wanted in New York City, authorities are actively searching for a suspect who allegedly attacked a 62-year-old woman in late March aboard a train in Queens. 

According to a release from the NYPD regarding the incident, a black male suspect was aboard the southbound “E” train on March 24th at approximately 5:25 p.m. when he punched a 62-year-old woman in her throat. 

Police say that the suspect fled the area after attacking the woman. 

The NYPD shared images of the suspect, who remains at-large, noting that he’s currently wanted for assault. Police are again asking for anyone with information on the incident or the suspect to please contact Crime Stoppers with their tips on the case. 

There’s been a string of investigations regarding attacks on the elderly in New York City as of late, as authorities are also investigating an assault of a 75-year-old woman that occurred on April 4th. 

According to authorities, a male suspect punched a 75-year-old woman in the face at approximately 3:14 p.m. on April 4th, just outside of 168 Lenox Avenue in Manhattan. 

Video of the incident shows the suspect duck underneath the scaffolding on the sidewalk so as to get in front of the victim and punch her unprovoked as she walked by. 

Once again, any and all tips regarding this or any ongoing NYPD investigation can be reported by calling NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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Back in March, Law Enforcement Today shared a report where the city of Ithaca wound up enlisting a convicted cop killer to be part of an advisory group to help craft police reform

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Richard Rivera murdered an NYPD police officer and father of three execution-style at a bar in Queens in 1981.

Now he has been recruited to sit on a panel tasked with coming up with police reform plans in New York as part of a state-mandated plan launched by the Governor.

The advisory group was formed after Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered law enforcement agencies to submit police-reform plans to the state by April 1. The cop-killer sits on a panel for Ithaca and Tomkins County as part of the “Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative.’’

Officer Robert E. Walsh was off-duty when he was shot and killed by Rivera. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP):

“Officer Walsh was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a robbery in progress while off-duty. Officer Walsh had just gotten off-duty and stopped at a bar near his home in Queens when three armed, masked men entered the bar and announced a robbery.

“One suspect (Rivera), who was holding two guns, pointed one gun at Officer Walsh and the other gun at a friend Officer Walsh had been talking to.”

Walsh’s friend made a movement to distract Rivera and gave Officer Walsh the opportunity to draw his weapon. Walsh identified himself as a police officer, but was unable to react in time. Rivera fired one shot which struck Walsh in the shoulder.  

ODMP described Rivera shooting Walsh a second time execution-style:

“The suspect (Rivera) then yelled to his accomplices and the suspects began to flee the bar. As he was leaving the gunman who wounded Officer Walsh walked up to the wounded officer and shot him in the head, killing him.”

William J. Devine, First Deputy Police Commissioner in 1981, described the killing as an execution:

“It was an execution. The officer no longer was a threat to the men. He was given a death sentence for being a police officer.”

The three men, and a getaway driver, were apprehended and charged in Officer Walsh’s murder. Rivera, who was 16 at the time, was convicted of murder and attempted robbery. He served 39 years in prison before the now 56-year-old was release in 2019.

Officer Walsh was a highly decorated member of the New York City Police Department for 12 years and is survived by his wife and three children. He was assigned to the 7th Precinct in Manhattan.

Now, Walsh’s killer has been tasked with serving on the police reform panel. Rivera said he did not know if the officer’s family would agree with his participation, but that their feelings were out of his control:

“I know people are going to be critical. I don’t know if (Walsh’s) family would find this acceptable. I can’t control that. What I can control is the way I’ve been living my life.”

Since Rivera said he did not know how Officer Walsh’s family would feel, his family decided to tell him. The officer’s son, Robert Walsh Jr., said the family is “shocked” that the man who killed their father is serving on a committee designed to study policing:

“We’re completely shocked that the man who murdered my father is being trusted to create police reforms. My father dedicated his life to serving and protecting New Yorkers. He should be the one serving on a panel to help reimagine policing, but he’ll never get that chance.”

President of the NYPD’s Police Benevolent Association Pat Lynch called Rivera’s participation an “outrage and despicable”:

“Not only did this cop-killer get paroled, but now he gets a seat at the table to help dismantle a police department. Did anybody expect him to be fair and open-minded in his review?

“The entire process has trampled on the ideals that police officers like Robert Walsh upheld. It’s the ultimate disrespect to his service and sacrifice.”

Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association posted to Twitter said Rivera is helping the Mayor of Ithaca to close the police department:

“Ithaca enlisted a Cop Killer to ‘reimagine police’.  Richard Rivera executed NYC Police Officer Robert Walsh in cold blood and now Rivera is helping union busting Mayor Svante Myrick dismantle the Ithaca Police Department.

“This shameful and disgusting act should be condemned by every New York elected official from both major parties.”

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