Tough thief knocks 88-year-old woman to ground in Yorkville for her handbag: cops

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The suspect behind a purse snatching of an 88-year-old woman in Yorkville on Thanksgiving Day 2020.
Photo courtesy of NYPD

Cops need the public’s help in finding the miscreant who knocked an 88-year-old woman to the ground and broke her shoulder while stealing her handbag in Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day.

The NYPD released on Nov. 28 video footage of the suspect behind the Nov. 26 mugging, which occurred at about 1:05 p.m. in the rear of 1725 York Ave. in Yorkville.

Law enforcement sources said the victim was walking down the street when the thief approached her and grabbed her purse, which was valued at about $115, from her hands. That caused the woman to fall to the ground. 

The suspect then fled on foot westbound along East 89th Street. 

The incident was later reported to the 19th Precinct. Paramedics brought the woman to Cornell Medical Center in stable condition with a broken left shoulder.

Police describe the suspect as a man between 20 and 30 years of age. He’s shown on camera wearing a cream-colored jacket, a white surgical mask, ripped blue jeans and black-and-white sneakers while carrying a cream-colored bag with the Target logo over his right shoulder.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.