Jamaica Hills senior dies days after his Hillside Avenue assault just blocks from his home: NYPD

A 71-year-old Jamaica Hills man succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after he was assaulted blocks from his home by a suspect who remains at large.
File photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A 76-year-old Jamaica Hills man died Tuesday after clinging to life for 11 days, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has reclassified his assault as a homicide investigation.

Police from the 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows responded to a report of an assault in broad daylight at the intersection of 167th Street and Hillside Avenue just after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 5.

Further investigation determined that Mohammed Hossain got into a verbal dispute with a stranger seven blocks west of his home on 173rd Street. His assailant struck the victim, causing him to fall to the ground, and then fled the location in an unknown direction.

EMS responded to the crime scene and rushed Hossain to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition before succumbing to his injuries on Tuesday.

The suspect remains at large, and an NYPD spokesman could not describe the culprit, saying that no arrests have been made and that the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding 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 at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Through Apr. 14, there was one other murder reported in the 107th Precinct so far this year after none were reported at the same point last year, while assaults are on the rise, with 76 reported so far this year, 11 more than the 65 reported at the same point in 2023, and increase of 16.9%, according to t the most recent CompStat report.