91-year-old Fights Off Mugger in NYC Street Attack!

Police are still looking for a violent mugger who tried to rob a 91-year-old man on a street in New York City, but he met his match. Hyman Silverglad, the victim, repelled the thief who was attempting to take his wallet last week, and as a result, he was sent to St. Luke’s Hospital Medical Center with numerous injuries.

According to authorities, the assault happened on February 1 at around 10:30 a.m. local time on East 86th Street between First and Second Avenues. The suspect was last seen walking away from the area after being caught on camera.

On Wednesday, the suspect’s photo was made public by the NYPD’s 19th precinct, along with a request for assistance in finding him. ABC News was informed on Thursday by a police official that the subject is still at large.

During a Wednesday interview in New York with WABC, Silverglad and his son James described the violent attack. Hyman Silverglad claims the attacker shoved him hard to the ground, punched him, and tried to seize his wallet as he was making his way home from the grocery shop.

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Still, the Coney Island retired lawyer refused to give up his wallet until the culprit left the area. “He said ‘I’m from Coney Island,’ he wasn’t going to get my wallet,’ that’s what he said,” James Silverglad recalled his father’s defiant response to the assailant.

Hyman Silverglad told WABC that he is “in agony” due to the several fractures he received during the incident. “He threw me to the ground, and I have suffered at least six fractures, very bad fractures, and I’m in agony,” he stated. “I cannot walk; I’m in never-ending constant pain.”

Before his father retired from the practice of law, James Silverglad told the outlet, he was well-known for sharing his legal knowledge with people who couldn’t afford counsel.

“He called himself the lawyer of last resort, that if you couldn’t get anybody else, you could get him, and that’s a direct quote,” recalled his son. In spite of the wounds from the attempted mugging, the ninety-one-year-old insisted, “I had to fight for my life. Who wouldn’t put up a good fight?”

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