NEW YORK CITY, NY – Two men were caught on surveillance video robbing a teenage boy with autism. The men were seen on camera attacking the young boy and stealing his jacket, wallet and shoulder bag.
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) November 15, 2020
Police already have one suspect in custody, but need the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the other male involved.
Here are the details in the case so far.
Authorities say the attack and robbery of the 14-year-old victim occurred on November 13th at approximately 11:30 a.m., just outside of the New York City Rescue Mission on Lafayette Street.
The NYC Rescue Mission on Lafayette is reportedly one of the homeless shelters within the city.
On the captured surveillance footage of the attack, a man – later identified as 35-year-old Charles Destefano – grabbed the young boy from behind and hooked him around a scaffolding pole.
The second unidentified suspect then assisted Destefano in pilfering the victim’s items, one by one. The two miscreants were said to have stolen the boy’s jacket and shoulder bag, which contained the victim’s wallet and cell phone, along with $4 in cash.
During the incident, the victim was struck in the face by the assailants.
Police say that despite the victim crying for assistance while being attacked and mugged, no one came to his aid.
Authorities were able to eventually catch up with Destefano roughly two-hours after the attack and mugging – with Destefano’s rather distinct manner of walking likely having clued authorities in to tying him with the crime.
According to police, Destefano listed his current address as the NYC Rescue Mission, indicating that he’s likely homeless.
The victim was later treated at the New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital for minor injuries sustained during the robbery.
As for the second suspect, he’s described as being a black male last seen wearing a black hooded coat, a pink sweater, black pants and multi-colored sneakers.
Police are asking that anyone who has information regarding this incident to please call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips on this case can also be submitted via the NYPDTips Twitter account or submitted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.
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In other open investigations revolving around attacks caught on camera in New York City, police are searching for two suspects involved in two separate incidents from earlier this year.
Here’s that previous report.
NEW YORK CITY, NY – A 79-year-old man that was the victim of a brutal attack in September that was caught on surveillance video recently died, according to reports.
DO YOU RECOGNIZE HIM? The NYPD says a 79-year-old man has died over one month after he was repeatedly punched by a man on the street in Brooklyn. https://t.co/F1Nm2JVatg
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) November 4, 2020
While police have still yet to determine what provoked the incident, police say that the victim passed away on October 29th while at the NYC Bellevue hospital.
Authorities have still not located the man that was captured on video beating 79-year-old Angel Diaz outside of his apartment on Hoyt Street slightly before 9:00 p.m. on September 13th.
Several weeks after a brutal beating of a 79-year-old man in Brooklyn, the victim has died, police said Wednesday. https://t.co/jzAuSgsolr
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) November 4, 2020
Investigators are uncertain what led to the incident, only seeing video of a man approaching Diaz, which then Diaz can be seen lifting his cane above his head and trying to strike the approaching male.
The man punches Diaz in the face, causing the victim to fall on the sidewalk.
Then, while standing over Diaz’s grounded body, the man unleashes a flurry of punches on Diaz’s face. From there, the aggressor simply walks away from the scene.
When first responders arrive on the scene following the beating, they’d transferred Diaz to a local hospital where he was initially listed as being in stable condition.
However, Diaz reportedly passed away on October 29th with no word yet from the medical examiner as to the cause of death.
Authorities are asking the public to help in identifying the man responsible for the attack.
If anyone has information pertaining to the incident or the suspect’s identity/whereabouts, please contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782.
Tips can also be sent to the NYPDTips Twitter account or submitted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.
Elsewhere in New York City, police are also searching for a man who brutally attacked a young boy unprovoked.
In a both disturbing and seemingly unprovoked attack, surveillance footage captured from mid-October in Brooklyn depicts a man aged in his 20’s or 30’s violently punching a 12-year-old boy in the face.
— Candace McCowan (@CandaceMcCowan7) November 3, 2020
Authorities in New York City are now asking the public for assistance in identifying the man captured on the footage. Here’s the details we have thus far.
The incident happened at approximately 3:00 p.m. on October 14th at the corner of East 13th Street and Avenue T within the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn.
A 12-year-old boy was posted up at the street corner waiting for a friend when an unidentified male walked up, tapped the boy on the shoulder and then violently punched him in the face.
?WANTED?ASSAULT #SheepsheadBay #Brooklyn @NYPD61PCT @ E 13 & Avenue T on 10/14/20 @ 3:10 PM ?Reward up to $2500?Seen him? Know who this is?☎️Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us!?Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! #yourcityYourcall @NYPDDetectives @NYPDShea @NYPDFIRSTDEP @NYPDChiefofDept pic.twitter.com/fJIg9aw7gG
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) November 2, 2020
Police say that the assault caused the boy to lose consciousness and was found to have suffered fractures in his face, along with bleeding and bruising from the unprovoked assault.
As for the suspect, he was said to have headed south on East 13th Street after attacking the boy.
Locals within the area were genuinely perplexed regarding the assault happening within the neighborhood, noting that the area is known as being relatively devoid of these types of incidents.
One local, Joe Khay, stated the following about the incident:
“That’s atrocious, disgusting, who would do that to a child?”
While investigators have clear video from the incident, the suspect’s face is not clearly visible during the attack.
Police are trying to search for additional surveillance footage around the area that might be able to help identify the attacker.
Anyone with insight into the ongoing investigation or may know the identity of the attacker are urged to contact NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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