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Woman, 80, identifies mugger before dying from injuries

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QUEENS — An 80-year-old woman who was mugged last weekend in Queens has died from her injuries — but not before identifying her attacker, police say.

Police say Celica Londono of 76th Street, Queens, was walking with her 92-year-old sister-in-law around 4:40 p.m. on 76th Street near 35th Avenue when a man identified as 32-year-old Jordan Vecchio cut her purse straps and shoved her to the ground.

Londono suffered injuries to her abdomen, arm and face. Her sister-in-law was not injured, police say.

EMS transported Londono to Elmhurst General Hospital where she died from her injuries on Wednesday.

Before the woman was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital, she identified Vecchio as the mugger. She was later diagnosed with a ruptured intestine and underwent surgery.

She later died from surgical complications.

“I only took her purse,” Vecchio said after the attack, according to court records. “Nobody cares about her age. I’ll max out my parole and come out better and stronger. I wish she got hurt.”

Vecchio was taken to the 115th Precinct station on the day of the robbery and made several statements to the officer that were included on the criminal complaint written by prosecutors.

Vecchio was charged with robbery, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. Charges could be upgraded to homicide pending the autopsy.