NEW YORK, NY – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect involved in a violent mugging attempt on a 91-year-old man in East 86th Street between First and Second Avenues.
The victim, identified as Hyman Silverglad, was hospitalized with multiple injuries after fending off the mugger who tried to steal his wallet. The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. last week, and the suspect was last seen fleeing the scene on foot, as captured by surveillance cameras.
The NYPD’s 19th precinct released a photo of the suspect, urging the public to provide any tips or information that could lead to his apprehension. A police spokesperson confirmed that the suspect remains at large.
In an emotional interview with WABC in New York, Silverglad and his son, James, recounted the harrowing assault. Silverglad described how the assailant violently pushed him to the ground, causing multiple fractures and leaving him in excruciating pain. Despite the injuries, Silverglad held onto his wallet until the suspect fled, demonstrating incredible resilience in the face of danger.
Silverglad’s son revealed that his father, a retired attorney, was known for providing legal expertise to those who could not afford an attorney, earning him the title of “the lawyer of last resort.”
Despite the traumatic experience, the resilient 91-year-old maintained that he had to fight for his life, showing remarkable courage and determination. The suspect, meanwhile, remains at large as the search continues.
Police are urging anyone with information about the suspect to come forward, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in solving the case. The public’s assistance could be crucial in bringing the perpetrator to justice and preventing similar incidents in the future.