Cops bust mugger who attacked elderly Manhattan deli customer

The mugger who socked an 82-year-old Lower East Side deli customer in the head and then stole his cane was busted a day after the caught-on-video attack, according to authorities — who said the suspect has two dozen prior arrests.  

Raoul Hyacinthe, 42, allegedly approached the senior, who was buying a cup of coffee, around 6:20 a.m. and demanded money, police said. 

Screengrab of a mugging caught on camera.
Raoul Hyacinthe, 42, allegedly approached the senior, who was buying a cup of coffee, around 6:20 a.m. and demanded money.
NYPD Screengrab.
After the 82-year-old refused to comply with his demands, Hyacinthe punched the victim and stole his cane.

When the victim refused to comply, Hyacinthe raised his fist and threatened to punch the senior and steal his cane if he didn’t fork over any dough, cops said. 

The victim still refused — prompting the assailant to punch him in the side of the head and grab his cane, knocking him to the floor, the clip shows. 

Zoomed in picture of Hyacinthe.
Hyacinthe has 24 prior arrests.

Hyacinthe, who has 24 prior arrests, was busted at 3:30 p.m. Thursday after a tip led officers to his residence, cops said. 

He was charged with robbery, police said. 

His address is listed as a facility on East Broadway operated by Community Access, which helps people with psychiatric disabilities transition from shelters and institutions to independent living. 

Metro | New York Post

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