Bail was set at $300,000 Thursday for 46-year-old Ronald Rhodes after he was charged with burglary, robbery, choking and criminal mischief. A conviction could bring the Brooklyn man up to 25 years in prison.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Rhodes apparently targeted the victim because he was blind. He says evidence includes surveillance footage from the public housing development in Long Island City where the victim lived.
Prosecutors say Rhodes admitted ripping the victim's neck chain off on June 29 and taking his cell phone and cash July 9. They say he sold the chain for $50 and five bags of heroin.
A message left for Rhodes' defense lawyer was not immediately returned.
Eleven days later, authorities say the suspect followed the victim to his home in Long Island City, forced his way into the apartment, grabbed him by the throat and threw him to the floor, causing him to lose consciousness.
The suspect then stole electronics from the home and ran off.
Brandon says he still feels weak from the attacks.