Showing that the NYPD really hates cowards who punch out and mug elderly women with walkers, the entire police force is on alert to find the man who mugged two Queens seniors. Over 25,000 police officers have seen the video and there are "several dozen detectives assigned to the case," according to Newsday. Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne explained, "Considering the brutality of the attacks, and the fact the women appeared to be targeted because of their age and fragility, the Police Department is paying special attention to the case." He also said, "It's a vicious attack for a small amount of money." Indeed - the total haul was $65.
The police department is worried the attacker will strike again. The detectives have expanded the investigation and are checking out bigger streets beyond the housing complexes where 101-year-old Rose Morat and 85-year-old Solange Elizee live. Morat's attack was caught by a surveillance camera, which show her being punched multiple times. Elizee, whose wedding ring and late son's ring were also stolen, said, "I am lucky I got away with my life."
City Councilman Thomas White Jr. is offering a $1,000 reward for information that will lead to the suspect's capture. He told the Sun, "This just rubbed me so wrong because I have a mother. I don't want to give a thought of my mother getting punched." Exactly - and that's why some readers have inquired where to donate to the reward pool. We're looking into it!