An elderly man walking home after playing dominoes with friends in the Bronx was attacked and brutally beaten by a group of muggers who reportedly pounced when they didn't like the way he looked at them, he and police say.
The 83-year-old victim was walking near Macombs Road in University Heights on Friday night when three men knocked him to the ground and relentlessly punched and kicked him, the video shows.
"Somebody just jump and push me down, and start to kick and punch," Basil Johnson told NBC 4 New York Monday.
The victim's wife, Hyacinth Johnson, said her husband had been walking home after playing dominoes when the three strangers apparently took issue with the way he looked at them.
"The guy looked suspicious so he was looking at him and he said, 'Are you looking at me?'" said Johnson, recounting how her husband Basil told her of suddenly falling to the ground.
"Somebody from behind pushed him down, and then it was two more guys, and all three just started kicking him and beating him," he said.
Basil Johnson suffered a brusie to the face but is doing OK, his wife says.
"I'm just glad that it wasn't worse than what it was," said Hyacinth Johnson.
Police say the muggers stole the man’s wallet, which contained $240 in cash and multiple credit cards. Anyone with information is asked to contact nypdcrimestoppers.com.