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Police arrest suspect in Jamaica deli assault

The NYPD says Richard Springer punched a 69-year-old woman outside a Jamaica deli on Saturday.
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By Patrick Donachie

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the Oct. 21 assault of a 69-year-old woman outside a Jamaica deli, police said.

Richard Springer, 28, was arrested Monday and charged with robbery and assault, according to the authorities. Police said Springer left the King Deli and Grocery at 107-60 Sutphin Blvd. at around 8:10 a.m. and approached Eve Gentillon, who he punched in the head. She fell to the ground and Springer then fled the scene, police said.

EMS workers and NYPD officers responded to the scene, and the EMS brought her to Jamaica Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition. The New York Post reported she suffered a brain aneurysm and underwent surgery after the attack.

Police said Springer’s last known address was at 147-21 109th Ave., which was just a few block from the deli where the assault took place.

Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) planned a news conference with members of the Gentillon family that was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at pdonachie@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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