Senior punched in the face in Howard Beach purse robbery [With Video]

TimesLedger staff

HOWARD BEACH — Police were looking for a pair of teens, who snatched a 73-year-old woman’s handbag in Howard Beach Tuesday afternoon and punched her in the face, the NYPD said.

Authorities said the victim had been walking with a cart of groceries near 153rd Avenue and 88th Street around 3:30 p.m. when a female approached her from behind and grabbed the woman’s purse.

Then a male accomplice punched the woman in the face, knocking her to the ground. The NYPD released a video that they said shows the Lindenwood robbery.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital to be treated for a cut to her ear and abrasions on her arm, police said. Her pocketbook contained $100, a cell phone and other personal belongings, according to cops.

Authorities described both suspects as black and about 18 years old with thin builds. The female suspect was last seen wearing a vest and the male suspect had been sporting dark clothing and tan cargo shorts, police said.

Those with information should contact NYPD’s Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting its website or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.