Victim Says Suspects Stole Money, Cell Phone

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A vicious attack was caught on camera early Saturday morning in Queens.

Police say seven suspects assaulted the 40-year-old victim shortly before 2:30 a.m. on the corner of 90th Street and 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

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Surveillance video shows the group kicking and stomping the man in the street.

The victim, Ronaldo Marcelino, told CBS2’s Cory James he was heading home from a long day at work when one of the suspects approached him. He says before he knew it, he was on the ground, getting beaten unconscious.

Marcelino suffered bruises and cuts on his body.

While he doesn’t know why he was targeted, he says the suspects stole from him.

“They take my money and my cell phone,” he said.

Marcelino’s niece says for days, their family didn’t know where Marcelino was, only to find out midweek he was at Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition.

“I teared up. I’m not going to lie, I feel a lot of rage,” she said. “It just hurts a lot to see someone I know in so much pain.”

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Police are trying to identify seven suspects accused of beating 40-year-old Ronaldo Marcelino in Queens on July 25, 2020. (Credit: NYPD Crime Stoppers)

The NYPD believes the seven suspects are between the ages of 16-20.

Jackson Heights residents were disturbed by the surveillance footage.

“They have to be in trouble. They have to pay for what they did,” Elvira Singh said.

“This is not good,” Nashwan Mohmmah said.

“Hopefully they’ll get locked up, that’s what they deserve,” Angel Ortiz said.

Police are hoping the public can help identify the suspects.

“I want justice for my uncle,” Marcelino’s niece said.

Marcelino spent six days in the hospital with a head injury. He is expected to be OK.

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Anyone with information about his attacker is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.