Thug robs 92-year-old man of Bible, glasses in Chelsea

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jun 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-13 22:19:14-04

In a truly disturbing crime, a  heartless thug robbed a 92-year-old man of his Bible and glasses in Chelsea Monday night.

Ricardo Velez has lived in his apartment at West 18th Street for over 50 years. Neighbors describe Velez as a nice guy that always keeps to himself.

They also say Velez always has his Bible in his hand.

Police say the creep seen walking back in forth in the surveillance footage followed Velez into his apartment at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, pushed him to the ground and took off with a bag.

Thug robs 92-year-old man of bible, glasses in Chelsea

In the bag were the senior citizen’s glasses and treasured Bible.

Velez is recovering in the hospital with a broken hip.

The shocking crime has this normally quiet community on edge.

Take a close look at the surveillance video. Police describe the suspect as a man in his 30s.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

A $22,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest.