A bruiser beat up a 68-year-old after he fought back when the mugger tried to rob him in Brooklyn on Saturday, shocking video shows.
A 17-second clip tweeted by the NYPD displays a man wearing all grey punching the victim about ten times, including four blows and a stomp after the wounded man had been forced to the ground. The thief then robbed belongings from the listless man, manipulating his body to grab items out of his pocket, the harrowing footage shows.
The victim was approached at 9:05 a.m. by a man riding a Citi Bike on Pitkin Avenue and Barbey Street who patted the man’s pocket as he demanded property from him, police sources and the NYPD said.
Cop sources said that when the victim didn’t oblige, the thief repeatedly punched and kicked the victim in the senior’s face and body, snatching a cellphone and a silver necklace.
The 68-year-old suffered a broken wrist and nose in the beatdown, the NYPD said in a tweet.
The crook fled west on Pitkin Avenue, according to police sources.
A police union claimed the incident showed that recent laws have given criminals free rein of streets in the five boroughs.
“These are NYC streets! What used to be the safest big city sent back to the days of high crime due to failed laws that allow no consequences and embolden criminals,” tweeted the Detectives’ Endowment Association.
“Politicians in Albany and City Hall need to step up now to fix their mistakes and keep New Yorkers safe.”