Man coming home from work sprayed with mystery chemical, mugged by thief in Manhattan lobby

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February 23, 2020 - 5:49 pm
Suspect spray robbery



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A man got sprayed in the face and robbed in his Washington Heights building after returning home from work, police said.

The 59-year-old victim had entered his building on West 184th Street, near Broadway, after walking home when he was confronted by the suspect earlier this month.

Police said the mugger sprayed the man with a chemical and then struggled with him.

Part of the attack was caught on surveillance video released by the NYPD Sunday.

The suspect managed to take off with $5, police said.

The victim suffered irritation to his face and hands and was treated by EMS at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.