Suspect Punched The Victim When He Tried To Get Phone Back, Police Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police Wednesday evening were asking the public to help identify a suspect who stole a man’s cell phone and punched him in Hell’s Kitchen last month.

The 22-year-old victim was walking past 619 Ninth Ave., near 44th St., around 4:20 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, when he encountered the suspect. The robber walked to the man and grabbed his cell phone from his front pocket, police said.

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When the victim tried to get his cell phone back, the suspect punched him in the face and ran off.

The victim was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he was treated for a bloody lip and released, police said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male about 25 years old, wearing a black hat, a black jacket, and camouflage pants.

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Police have released a surveillance photo.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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