Arrest Made in Pickpocketing of Blind Woman

Police are still looking for a second suspect

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    Latisha Richardson, left, and a male suspect in the grand larceny targeting a blind woman in a Queens subway station

    A woman suspected of pickpocketing a 68-year-old blind woman at a Queens subway station and using her credit card at area businesses has been arrested, but police are still looking for her male accomplice, law enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York.

    Latisha Richardson, 39, was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, jostling and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Information on an attorney wasn't immediately available.

    Richardson and a male suspect are accused of targeting Karen Eisdenstadt, 68, on Monday, April 16 at the Queens Boulevard and 75 Avenue subway station in Forest Hills, police said. She was walking with her guide dog through the F-line subway station at about 6 p.m. when one of the suspects reached into her right dress pocket and took a change purse that contained credit cards.

    The suspects later used the victim's stolen credit card at area businesses, police said.

    "This is no way to treat anybody in a civilized society, certaintly let alone a person who has an extra problem dealing with stuff," Eisenstadt told NBC 4 New York Wednesday.

    "What you did was such a rotten thing to do, to anybody, and more so to a person who is disabled."

    The male suspect is described as being in his 40s, about 5 feet 6 inches and 150 pounds. He was wearing a black t-shirt, a white jacket, a black baseball cap and was carrying a black backpack at the time.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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