Elderly Man Robbed Twice in 11 Days by Same Stranger: Police
Police say it doesn't appear the suspect and victim knew each other
Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the same 73-year-old blind man twice within two weeks in Queens. Katherine Creag reports. (Published Thursday, July 11, 2013)
Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the same 73-year-old blind man twice within two weeks in Queens.
Authorities say it does not appear the suspect, who was seen on surveillance video, and the victim knew each other.
The victim, William Brandon, told NBC 4 New York on Thursday that he heard the same thing in both attacks.
"I know his voice," Brandon said.
In the first robbery June 29, police say the suspect followed Brandon, sneaked up behind him and snatched the chain off his neck.
Eleven days later, authorities say the suspect followed Brandon to his home in Long Island City, forced his way into the apartment, grabbed him by the throat and threw him to the floor, causing him to lose consciousness.
"I cannot breathe, then I dropped," Brandon recalled.
The suspect then stole electronics from the home and ran off.
Brandon says he still feels weak from the attacks.
Published at 7:50 AM EDT on Jul 11, 2013