Boy, 14, is beaten and left hospitalized by two men who steal his jacket and bag in broad daylight outside a Manhattan homeless shelter
- Two men pummeled at 14-year-old boy outside a homeless shelter in New York
- Men appeared to be under the influence as they shoved the boy into scaffolding
- Pair snatched the boy’s jacket and bag as the teenager attempted to cling on
- Brazen broad daylight robbery was all caught on surveillance camera
- One of the robbers has been arrested but police are still looking for the second
Two Manhattan crooks beat up a 14-year-old boy and pinned him against scaffolding until he gave them his bag and the jacket he was wearing in a brazen daylight robbery.
In what must have been a truly frightening experience for the young teen, the robbers who appeared be under the influence, could be seen barging into the young man as he walked along the street near Bowery Mission Tribeca Campus, a homeless shelter and food kitchen at around 11:30am on Friday.
One of the men sucker-punched the teenager in the face and pummeled him before deliberately pushing him into the metal scaffolding.
Two men pummeled at 14-year-old boy outside a homeless shelter in New York
The men appeared to be under the influence as they shoved the boy into scaffolding
The pair seemed intent on stealing the boy’s jacket and held a firm grip of the clothing
He then attempted to snatch the boy’s jacket from him despite one of the crooks being barely able to stand himself.
Once the pair of muggers managed to get hold of the youngster’s jacket, they then went for the boy’s bag as well.
A short tug-of-war ensued as the boy desperately tried to cling on before letting go.
Charlie Destefano, 35, right, was found across the street from where the robbery took place. The brazen broad daylight robbery was all caught on surveillance camera
The pair snatched the boy’s jacket and bag as the teenager attempted to cling on
One of the robbers seemed extremely unsteady on his feet yet still managed to grab the boy
Another robber came back with the boy’s jacked after successfully pulling it from him
The boy then ran off in the opposite direction while the men, one of whom appeared to be extremely unsteady on his feet, carried on walking down the road.
The entire assault and robbery was all videoed by surveillance camera.
Two hours after the attack cops arrested one of the alleged assailants according to the New York Daily News.
Charlie Destefano, 35, was found across the street from where the robbery took place.
He was charged with robbery causing physical injury, robbery aided by another and endangering the welfare of a child.
Destefano was listed as living at the Bowery Mission Tribeca Campus outside of where the robbery occurred.
The boy was taken to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital where he is expected to recover.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
One of the robbers was barely able to stand and had to lean on scaffolding for support
The boy could be seen making a run for it having lost his bag and jacket
According to new NYPD statistics, some crimes have been up while others are down compared to last year.
Murder is up 40 percent for the first nine months of 2020 when compared to the first nine months of 2019 with 344 murders compared to 246.
Burglary and grand larceny auto have also risen, by 38 percent and 404 percent, respectively, compared to the same time period in 2019.
However, other crimes such as rape, assault and robbery have fallen by about a 33 percent, 115 percent 149 percent, respectively, from last year, data shows.