A 40-year-old man has been arrested, accused of throwing a 92-year-old man to the ground and stealing his Bible and glasses in Manhattan earlier this week.
Authorities say Francisco Flores followed the victim, Ricardo Velez, to his home near 18th Street in Chelsea at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, pushed him down and ran off with the items.
Velez hurt his hip but is otherwise expected to be OK. From his hospital bed, Velez told NBC 4 New York that he has lived on the same block for 50 years.
He said he was folding up his umbrella after coming through one door of his building late Monday night, when the suspect came from behind and struck him with a blow strong enough to knock him down.
Raeemas Hernandez called 911 immediately after spotting his elderly neighbor struggling to stand up.
"I heard him screaming," Hernandez said. "He was down on the floor, and I picked him up."
Police released surveillance video of the suspect and a $22,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest.
Flores has been charged with robbery. Information on an attorney for Flores was not immediately available.