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Brooklyn Man Arrested, Charged With Robbing Elderly Blind Man Twice

Police Say Attacks Happened At Queensbridge Houses On June 29, July 9
Surveillance image of a suspect wanted for two robberies in Queens. (credit: NYPD)

Surveillance image of a suspect wanted for two robberies in Queens. (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 46-year-old Brooklyn man has been accused of robbing a blind man twice in less than two weeks.

Ronald Rhodes was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary, robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal obstruction of breathing.

The robberies happened on June 29 and July 9 at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, police said.

In the first incident, police said Rhodes followed the 73-year-old victim into his home near 41st Avenue and 21st Street and snatched a chain off his neck before fleeing.

In the second incident, police said Rhodes forced his way into the victim’s home, grabbed the man by his throat and threw him to the floor, knocking him unconscious. The suspect took electronic equipment and ran off, police said.

The victim was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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