16-year-old boy arrested, charged after 68-year-old woman attacked outside Queens church

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Friday, April 12, 2024
16-year-old arrested after woman attacked outside church
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in connection to an attack and mugging of a 68-year-old woman.

QUEENS, New York (WABC) -- A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in connection to a vicious attack and mugging of a 68-year-old woman outside a church in Queens.

The teen was arrested Thursday on charges including robbery, assault, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

The attack happened Sunday morning outside St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Jamaica Hills.

The victim, a 68-year-old mother of two named Irene, was heading to service when she was attacked by a male suspect.

Surveillance video shows the attacker run in front of the victim, as she walks up the steps to the church entrance, and violently shove her, sending her falling backwards.

The woman suffered a fractured skull and black eye, but she is in stable condition in the ICU.

After the assault, the suspect grabbed Irene's purse with her car keys and cell phone inside.

He ended up stealing the victim's 2006 Nissan Altima, which police recovered overnight on Tuesday, approximately 3.5 miles away from the church.

Police were able to pull a fingerprint from the recovered car.


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