NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An 87-year-old man is fighting for his life after being attacked at an Upper West Side ATM on Sunday.
It happened at a Citibank at 96th Street at around 4:30 p.m.
Police say the victim was at the ATM when he was approached from behind, punched in the head and robbed.
The victim was rushed to the Mount Sinai Hospital, where he remains in “extremely critical” condition, police said.
The suspect is described as 45-50 years old, approximately 5’9″, 150 pounds, wearing a blue cap, large headphones and carrying an umbrella.
Surveillance video released exclusively to CBS2 shows the suspect walking down near West 97th Street.
“It’s very bad,” food truck employee Nasser Elgoher told CBS2’s Marc Liverman. “It’s very bad.”
“That’s crazy,” said Brooklyn resident Roosevelt Janvier. “When someone do something like that, you want police to catch him and put him in jail, to make this street more safer.”
Police are talking to people in the area in an effort to find the suspect.
“The guy that did it should be stopped, that’s what I think,” one man told Liverman.
Police are now handing out safety booklets reminding everyone in the area to stay alert, something many people who live in the area already do.
Nina Pfeffer told Liverman she always keeps a hand on her purse.
“You constantly have to be watching,” Pfeffer said.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) and then entering TIP577.
All calls are confidential.