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Robber Steals 92-Year-Old's Bible, Cops Say

By Mathew Katz | June 13, 2013 6:29pm
Robber Allegedly Steals 92-Year-Olds Bible
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CHELSEA — Authorities are offering a hefty reward for information leading to the arrest of a robber who stole a 92-year-old man's Bible and roughed him up on Monday night.

The suspect, described by cops as being in his 30s, followed the victim into his apartment building on West 18th Street about 11:30 p.m., pushed him to the ground, and stole a bag containing his Bible, cops said.

The victim, Ricardo Velez, injured his hip during the attack and is currently recovering at Bellevue Hospital, police sources said.

Cops released a video of the suspect, who appears to be wearing a red hat and a black backpack.

The Mayor's Office, NYPD and Crime Stoppers are offering up a combined $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the alleged robber.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.