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81-Year-Old Man Fights Off Alleged Would-Be Robber In Selden

Paul Rysanek (Credit: Suffolk County Police)

Paul Rysanek (Credit: Suffolk County Police)

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SELDEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Selden man accused of attempting to rob an elderly man at an ATM got more than he bargained for on Tuesday.

According to Suffolk County Police, the 81-year-old man was retrieving cash from an ATM at Independence Plaza on Route 25 in Selden around 6:10 p.m. when a man grabbed the money and punched him.

Police said the victim fought back and the suspect fled on foot without any money.

A short time later, police located a person matching the suspect’s description on Wyandotte Street in Selden. Paul Rysanek, 21, was arrested and charged with third-degree attempted robbery, police said.

Rysanek was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday.

Police said an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the Sixth Precinct at 631-854-8652 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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