84-year-old man fights off attacker with cup of coffee in Queens

Kimberly Dole
August 05, 2020 - 4:15 pm
Oliver Neligan

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  THE 84 Y.O. VICTIM, OLIVER NELGAN, SUFFERED SWELLING AND BLEEDING TO HEAD, RIGHT EYE AND RIGHT ARM...THE ATTEMPTED MUGGING HAPPENED IN FRONT OF 43-14 60TH STREET IN WOODSIDE...NELIGAN WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FROM FOREST HILLS HOSPITAL...

An 84-year-old man was injured in an attempted robbery in Queens over the weekend.

Oliver Neligan was attacked in front of 43-14 60th Street near Queens Boulevard in Woodside Sunday morning.

Neligan had reportedly left a deli at the corner of 60th Street and Queens Boulevard when he spotted a man following him. 

A report from PIX 11 claimed that Neligan, a retired MTA employee and veteran fought off a would-be robber with a cup of coffee.

According to the report, he was on his way to an 8 a.m. Mass at Saint Sebastian Catholic Church, a few blocks away. "When I went to take a sip of my coffee, he jumped me from the back and put his hands around my neck." 

A fight ensured after Neligan threw his cup of coffee on the attacker who then pulled him to the ground.

Neligan hit his head on a wall but managed to pull the glasses out of the suspect's pocket and grabbed his face mask.

"I grabbed the mask out from his face and he took off running," Neligan added.

He was taken to Forest Hills Hospital and suffered swelling and bleeding to his head, right eye, and right arm.

The mugger was not able to get any money from Neligan.

An investigation remains ongoing for this incident.

This story initially stated Neligan was a World War II veteran. He is a veteran, but did not serve during World War II.