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Police are looking for a masked man who attacked a senior woman and stole her wallet in Ozone Park near the Brooklyn/Queens border.

At 8:55 p.m. on Jan. 11, law enforcement sources said, a 72-year-old woman was walking near the corner of 75th Street and Pitkin Avenue, where an unknown man wearing a mask came up to her from behind, put her in a headlock and punched her in the face.

Authorities said the assailant then forcibly took the victim’s wallet, which contained a Medicare benefits card, from her jacket. The suspect pushed the victim to the ground and fled westbound on Pitkin Avenue.

Officers from the 106th Precinct responded to the incident. The victim suffered swelling to the face and refused medical attention.

Police described the suspect as a black man who was last seen wearing black jeans, a blue hooded sweatshirt and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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