Wallet thief throws scalding coffee on victim after a chase through Woodside streets

Photos courtesy of the NYPD

Cops are looking for a wallet thief who poured hot coffee on the victim after he tried to stop her in Woodside.

According to police, at 5:05 a.m. on May 28, a man was walking in the vicinity of 64th Street and 39th Avenue when an unidentified woman approached him and took his wallet.

Law enforcement sources said the victim chased the woman, who removed $250 in cash from the wallet before dropping it on the ground.

Authorities said that the victim pursued the crook to a store located at 63-37 39th Ave., where a struggle ensued. The suspect then poured hot coffee on the victim’s neck and back before fleeing the scene.

Officers from the 108th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Paramedics brought the victim to a local hospital, where he was treated for third-degree burns.

Police released this video of the suspect from the night in question:

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 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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