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Teen arrested after 57-year-old woman punched in UWS group attack: police

Posted: 12:22 PM, Oct 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-24 12:28:07-04

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — A teenage girl has been arrested in connection to a violent group attack of a woman last Thursday in Upper Manhattan, according to police.

Authorities said 18-year-old Trinity Velez, of the Bronx, was arrested Thursday and has been hit with a robbery charge.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, as Velez is just one of four people cops were looking for in the attempted robbery that left a 57-year-old woman with broken bones in her face.

According to officials, the woman was walking near the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 68th Street around 10:30 p.m. when the group approached her from behind.

One of them punched her in the head, causing her to fall, police said. A second person attempted to take her purse, but she resisted.

The suspects fled the scene empty-handed, cops said.

Surveillance images of the group of people wanted in the attack can be seen below.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Police released surveillance footage of the suspects accused of punching a woman during an attempted robbery In Manhattan on Oct. 17, 2019.