Suspect apprehended in vicious Bronx mugging that left man in coma

December 07, 2018 - 3:40 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police have apprehended the suspect in a vicious mugging that left a man in a coma.

"Nilson Castillo, 21, #bronx has been APPREHENDED in regards to the robbery that occurred on 12/2/18 @ 3AM in front of 60 W182 St @NYPD46Pct," tweeted NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. "I want to thank the public who called @NYPDTips and the investigators working the case."

Castillo was wanted in connection with the vicious attack that was caught on video released by the NYPD. The 38-year-old victim was punched and kicked in the face and head repeatedly during the attack in University Heights at around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Witnesses said the victim had been drinking in front of the Food Universe at West 183rd Street before the attack and that he had dropped his wallet and was looking for it when he was approached by another man. 

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Police said the victim briefly spoke with Castillo before he was beaten over and over again.

Castillo stole the man’s headphones before taking off – but police say his face was caught clearly on camera.

When deli worker Basheer Alabdi came out to call 911, he wasn't sure the victim was still alive.

"He looked like he was dead," the 19-year-old said. "He can't even talk. Can't even say nothing.

To make matters worse, Alabdi said the victim was lying on the ground for 15 minutes before anyone came to help him. 

"Nobody called the cops, nobody called 911," he said. "Nothing."

The victim was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition with trauma to his head and neck. He was still in a coma as of Thursday.