Elderly Flushing man dies after assault on street

By Gina Martinez

Chun Man Tse of Flushing has died following an assault 10 days ago that left him unresponsive, police said Monday.

The 68-year-old man was found unconscious July 22, when police arrived at 45-15 Colden St. He succumbed to his injuries and died Saturday, police said.

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) planned to hold a news conference Tuesday to talk about Tse and his family.

Cleaman Anderson, 44, of Flushing, has been arrested in connection with his death and charged with assault of an elderly person over the age of 65, police said.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney, video surveillance shows Anderson approaching Tse and striking him in the head, causing him to fall on the ground. When police arrived on the scene, they found Tse on the ground bleeding from the mouth, unable to communicate and with a swollen eye, according to prosecutors.

Tse was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition, police said.

He sustained a fractured skull, frontal and temporal contusions and swelling and bleeding from the brain, prosecutors said.

Anderson admitted to prosecutors that he was involved in a collision with Tse’s car, the criminal complaint said. He claims Tse grabbed his sister’s arm and when she pulled away and Anderson approached Tse, he “made a fake maneuver” and fell to the ground on his own, according to complaint.

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