A woman in her 70s was robbed and beaten by two teenagers in Lindenwood on May 27 and police are searching for the suspects.
At 3:20 p.m. in the vicinity of 153rd Avenue & 88th Street, a 73-year-old female, whose name police are withholding because her assailants are still at large, was walking on the sidewalk with a cart of groceries when an unknown female suspect approached her from behind and took her pocketbook, which contained $100 dollars, a TracFone, and assorted personal items.
An unknown male suspect than punched the victim in the face, causing her to fall to the ground. She was transported to Jamaica Hospital and treated for her injuries, which included a laceration to her ear and abrasions to her arm.
Police say the suspects are a black woman, around 18 years old, thin build, who was last seen wearing a vest, and a black male, also approximately 18 years old with a thin build and last seen wearing dark clothing and tan cargo shorts.
The attack was caught on surveillance video from a nearby apartment building. In the video, the suspects appear to walk by the victim and one tries to steal her property from the cart she was pushing, but the victim appears to resist and the other suspect then punches her, knocking her to the ground. The suspects then run in the direction they were coming from.
Police sources said they do not believe the suspects were from the neighborhood and do not know why they were in the area or if they are students at a school nearby.
One resident who lives in the building near the attack called the students a “ticking time bomb” waiting to happen.
“You sometimes see these kids wandering outside, they’re loud and rambunctious,” she said. “I try to keep inside after school lets out because they scare me.”
The resident, who did not want to be identified because she said she had been taunted by some teenagers in the past, said she wants to see more police presence in the neighborhood, which has a large senior population.
“The police can’t be everywhere, but they need to be in as many places as possible after schools let out,” she said. “These kids are just looking for trouble. I guess they can’t just go home.”
The problems with students are not new.
Earlier this year, a Woodhaven resident, Salvatore Congemi, complained about students from JHS 210 in Ozone Park, who had broken his window and taunted him in his home after school.
There have been at least two attacks by teenagers outside John Adams High School this year as well and several perpetrated by teenagers along Liberty Avenue. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said at April’s Community Board 10 meeting that many of those robberies were traced to students from area schools, including John Adams.
Anyone with information on the Lindenwood incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.