Arrest made in assault of man punched, robbed while unconscious in the Bronx

 

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, the Bronx — An arrest has been made in the assault of a man who was punched, robbed and left unconscious on a Bronx street by attackers who left the scene then returned to take pictures of their critically wounded victim, police said.

Luis Rivera, 22, of the Bronx was taken into custody and charged with assault.

The victim, 37, was walking along Aqueduct Avenue and Buchanan Place in University Heights shortly after 6 a.m. on June 18 when he was approached by two men.

One of the men punched the victim in the head, causing him to fall in the middle of the intersection, police said.

The men then walked away, leaving the unconscious man on the street, police said.

Moments later, another group of individuals approached the victim and began to go through his pockets, taking his cellphone and identification, police said.

According to police, the individuals who assaulted the victim returned to the scene and took photos of the victim on the ground.

The victim suffered a fractured skull and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

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