What to Know
- Police say they are looking for a group of teens who brutally attacked a 67-year-old woman with her own cane in Queens earlier this month
- Group stole her Samsung cellphone, before proceeding to hit her with her own cane, cops say; The violent attack was captured on surveillance
- The NYPD says the attack appears to be the work of teenagers, possibly two males and two females
Police are looking for a group of teens who robbed and brutally attacked a 67-year-old woman with her own cane in Queens earlier this month, authorities say.
The violent, yet seemingly random, attack happened Aug. 4 in Jamaica and included the group hurling insults, profanities and even laughing at the woman – all after the group and the woman locked eyes, law enforcement sources say.
Surveillance video shows the woman struggling to hold onto her cane on 169th Street as a group of teenagers apparently tries to steal it. The group then appears to push the woman down during the attack, and while she was dazed and on her knees, not only did they steal her Samsung cellphone, but proceeded to hit her with her own cane, according to authorities.
The NYPD says the attack appears to be the work of teenagers, possibly two males and two females.
The woman says one of the teens accused her of staring at them before an argument ensued, and the teens jumped her shortly after that.
Despite what she went through, the woman said she doesn't fear those who attacked her — and doesn't want others to, either.
“I’m not afraid of them. I don’t want people to be afraid of these kind of people. I want them to step up, because otherwise it won’t stop," the woman said.
The group fled in a late model Nissan Ultima, leaving their victim behind – and residents to question not only who would do something like this, but why. Neighbors say the area has seen a recent uptick in crimes carried out by younger and younger individuals.
Police say the victim refused medical treatment, but they are urging anyone with information to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA. Tips can also be sent via www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.