A 24-year-old woman walking with her 4-year-old son was blindsided by a stranger who grabbed her hair from behind and dragged her and the boy to the ground before ripping a $6,500 chain from her neck in a daylight attack last week, cops say.
The mother and child were walking on Grand Concourse around 5:20 p.m. last Wednesday when the man sneaked up from behind, police said Friday as they shared details on the case in hopes of finding the person responsible.
The man violently grabbed and pulled the hair of the woman, Genesis Acevedo, causing her son to fall first. Once the two were on the ground, the man grabbed the chain from the woman's neck, then sped off on a green moped. He was last seen moving southbound on Grand Concourse on a green scooter.
"Just ask me. you want it, I would give it to you. Just ask me," Acevedo said. "I just hope they catch him soon. That's the only thing I want, to pay for what he did to me and my son."
Acevedo and her son had some scratches to their hands and knees after the attack but didn't need medical attention at the scene, police said. The two are back home in Virginia, and were in Fordham Heights visiting Acevedo's mother.
"I even told my mom U don't want to go back there anymore," she said.
Authorities released surveillance footage of the attacker (above). Police said the suspect is roughly 18 to 25 years old
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.