Blind woman robbed on subway platform in Queens

May 23, 2012 3:16:53 PM PDT
Authorities are looking for two more suspects in a theft that targeted a blind woman as she walked with her guide dog in Queens.

The blind victim, trying to stay away from the dangers of crossing Queens Boulevard, uses a subway tunnel at 75th Avenue instead, but she was unaware that she was being targeted.

Latisha Richardson and an unidentified man are the two people who police believe followed the blind 69-year old woman with her guide dog into the subway station on April 16 with the intent to rob her.

Police caught up with Richardson, arresting her on Wednesday, but they are still looking for the man.

On surveillance video from a Rite Aid, investigators say the pair can be seen following the victim from the store several weeks ago. More surveillance video shows the victim heading into the subway station again followed by the pair. As she walked down in the tunnel, police say the victim felt someone brush against her and later realized her wallet was missing.

Security cameras in a store show the pair and a third man later going through the victim's wallet.

That third man has been identified as 45-year-old Michael Peoples of Queens, who was arrested about a week after the crime. Peoples is charged with grand larceny and related offenses. Police say he has 30 prior arrests, mostly for larceny, robbery and drugs.

Investigators said the stolen credit cards had been used to purchase various items at several stores in the Forest Hills area

Anyone with information about the location of the third suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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