Suspect punches elderly man, steals cane after he refuses to hand over money: Cops

Police want to find the man who punched an elderly man buying a cup of coffee who refused to hand over his money.

The assault took place inside a bodega on East Broadway in the Lower East Side on Wednesday at about 6:20 a.m.

The 82-year-old man was struck in the head after the suspect repeatedly threatened to punch him if he didn't hand over his cash,  police said. The suspect took off with the man's cane.  He headed eastbound on East Broadway and then onto Clinton Street.

The NYPD says the elderly victim was not seriously injured.

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The suspect is described as having a dark complexion, approximately in his 30s, with a partially bald head. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants, and black sneakers.

Anyone with information about the assault can contact the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

Police say calls are strictly confidential.

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