Man uses ‘bear hug’ to rob 85-year-old

Police say this is the man who robbed an 85-year-old after placing him in a bear hug from behind.  Credit: NYPD
Police say this is the man who robbed an 85-year-old after placing him in a bear hug from behind.
Credit: NYPD

Police are searching for a suspect they say used a “bear hug” to rob an 85-year-old man in the West Village.

The robbery occurred Sept. 16 about 5:15 a.m. near Washington Place and Sixth Avenue, police said. The suspect reportedly came at the victim from behind, placed him in a bear hug and robbed him.

The victim was not injured, police said.

Police said the suspect was last seen wearing a black and white checkered flannel hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and a baseball cap.

The NYPD is requesting that anyone with information regarding this robbery call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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