73-year-old man assaulted by ‘muscular’ suspect on Southeast Queens street: NYPD

Cops are looking for this suspect, who allegedly assaulted a senior in Rosedale on Wednesday morning before speeding away in a getaway car with Texas plates.
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A 73-year-old man was punched in the face by a stranger while on a Rosedale street Wednesday morning, police said.

The senior was in front of 253-51 Rockaway Blvd. just before 6 a.m. on Jan. 3, when he got into a verbal dispute with a man that turned physical—with the suspect repeatedly punching the 73-year-old in the face and body, police said. Police describe the suspect as being “muscular” and being about half the victim’s age.

The victim sustained minor injuries during the beatdown and was treated at the crime scene by EMS. The alleged perpetrator fled southbound on Rockaway Boulevard in a gray Acura TLX with Texas license plates.

The NYPD released a surveillance image of the suspect on Wednesday, with cops describing him as having a dark complexion, being approximately 6 feet tall, with a full beard, and tattoos on both arms. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with white writing across the chest, black sweatpants, and black sandals.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident 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, on Twitter @NYPDTips.

In 2023, the 105th Precinct, where the crime took place, reported 428 assaults, 13 more than the 415 reported in 2022, an increase of 3.1%, according to the most recent CompStat report.