EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — The NYPD released shocking video of a man in a wheelchair being robbed by a man who followed him into his Manhattan building Thursday afternoon.
Police said the 80-year-old victim was stopped by the unidentified man outside his apartment building near East 12th Street and Avenue C, in the East Village.
The suspect asked the older man if he had a cigarette, then followed him into the lobby of the building, and then onto the elevator, authorities said.
The unknown man then pulled out a box cutter and demanded money from the victim, according to police.
Surveillance footage shows the armed suspect rob the wheelchair-bound man, his grocery bags sitting on the floor nearby.
Officials said the man took $60 from the victim’s pocket before fleeing the building.
The older man was not physically injured during the incident, police said.
The NYPD described the man they’re looking for as about 30 to 40 years old, last seen wearing a dark red Under Armour brand baseball hat, a black jacket, red sweatshirt, red sweatpants, red Nike brand sneakers, and black gloves.
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