According to authorities, on December 15 at around 7:30 p.m., the victim was at the turnstile to enter the A/C line at the Euclid Avenue station in East New York, when the suspect approached him, flashed a light into his eyes and sprayed him in the face with an unknown substance.
The suspect then placed the 80-year-old man into a choke hold and stole his wallet.
After a brief struggle, the suspect punched the victim in the chest before running away with the wallet, which contained an ID card and a bank card.
The victim was treated by EMS at the scene and refused further medical attention.
Police have released surveillance video of the suspect, who they describe as a man in his late teens, standing 5'8" tall, 150 lbs, with a medium complexion, a thin build, and was last seen wearing a dark blue vest with a white hood, a red shirt, and black pants.
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 at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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