Elderly New Yorker Fights Off Violent Mugger in Street Assault

New York, NY – A violent mugger who attempted to rob a 91-year-old man on a New York City street is being sought by the police. The victim, Hyman Silverglad, fought off the mugger, sustaining multiple injuries in the process. The assault took place on Feb. 1 on East 86th Street between First and Second Avenues around 10:30 a.m. The suspect was captured by surveillance cameras and was last seen fleeing the scene on foot.

The NYPD’s 19th precinct released a photo of the suspect, asking the public for tips locating him. In an interview, Silverglad and his son recounted the brutal assault, with Silverglad mentioning that he was walking home from the grocery store when the assailant violently pushed him to the ground and punched him while trying to take his wallet. The retired attorney held firm onto his wallet until the suspect fled the scene.

Despite sustaining several fractures in the attack, Silverglad maintained, “I had to fight for my life. Who wouldn’t put up a good fight?” His son also shared that before his father retired from his legal practice, he was known for lending his law expertise to those who could not afford an attorney.

The incident has left Silverglad in agonizing pain, with multiple fractures that have impacted his ability to walk. The suspect remains at large, and the public is being asked for any tips or information that may lead to his arrest. The story of Silverglad’s resilience in the face of this violent mugging has captured the attention of many, shedding light on the bravery and determination of individuals facing such harrowing experiences.