Citibank Robbery Suspect


87-Year-Old Man Beaten, Robbed Inside Upper West Side Bank

May 15, 2018 - 10:48 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police on Tuesday were searching for a suspect who punched an 87-year-old man in the head and robbed him in the ATM lobby of a bank on the Upper West Side.

As 1010 WINS’ Samantha Liebman reported, customers at the Metro Diner at 100th Street and Broadway called the victim “the professor.” The 87-year-old political science professor at CUNY would come in every day for breakfast.

“Very low-key; keeps to himself. Very educated. We’d talk about literature many times together; other things,” one man at the diner said.

The man is now in extremely critical condition after a man attacked him from behind in the ATM lobby of the Citibank at 96th Street and Broadway around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, punching him in the face.

“I don’t know how anybody could attack him. That’s awful!” one woman said. “I don’t know what’s wrong with people.”

The man was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after the attack, police said.

The suspect was described as a black male between 45 and 50 years old, standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark top with a white shirt underneath, dark pants, dark shoes, a blue cap, and large headphones, and carrying an umbrella.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or (888) 57-PISTA for Spanish, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.