Suspect arrested in mugging, attack of 91-year-old Upper East Side man

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Monday, February 12, 2024
Suspect arrested in mugging, attack of 91-year-old Upper East Side man
The suspect was found during a routine patrole of the subways.

UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A man is under arrest in the attack and mugging of a 91-year-old man in Manhattan.

Christian Torres, 45, is facing charges of first-degree robbery and assault of a person older than 65 for his alleged attack on a 91-year-old man in Manhattan.

Detectives recognized the suspect during routine patrol of the subway station at the 116th St station and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem. Authorities say he was in possession of drugs at the time of his arrest.

Hyman Silerglad was on his way home from the grocery store when he was targeted for his wallet.

It happened on East 86th Street between First and Second avenues around 10:30 p.m. on February 1.

The attacker pushed the 91-year-old man to the ground and punched him while trying to take his wallet.

"He said 'I'm from Coney Island,' he wasn't going to get my wallet,' that's what he said," said the victim's son, James Silverglad.

Silverglad, who is a retired attorney, threw the would-be robber off his game and held onto his wallet.

Silverglad was taken to the hospital with severe injuries. Last Wednesday, he spoke to Eyewitness News over the phone.

"I cannot walk, I'm in never-ending constant pain," he explained. "I had to fight for my life. Who wouldn't put up a good fight?"

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