UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (PIX11) – A thief fleeing a Manhattan bookstore on Saturday pushed a 77-year-old woman to the ground, knocking her unconscious, authorities said.
The thief was fleeing security at Barnes and Noble on East 17th Street in Union Square around 12.20pm when he rammed into the woman as she entered the store, police said. The victim suffered a head injury, lost consciousness and was taken to hospital in stable condition.
The suspect escaped with two stolen Funko Pop figures worth $35 and was last seen heading south on Union Square and then heading east on East 15th Street toward New York. ‘Irving Place. said the police.
In surveillance video released by the NYPD, a man is seen removing boxes from shelves and trying to leave the store before being stopped by an employee trying to search his shopping bag. The thief then flees and two employees pursue him before he rushes at the woman at the entrance to the store, the video shows. She appears to fall backwards to the ground as the suspect darts forward.
The male suspect is in his 20s, 5ft 3in tall, medium build, has black hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a blue hoodie, gray sweatpants, gray sneakers and a black bag.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA ( 74782). The public can also submit tips by logging on to the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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