Man violently rips, steals necklace off woman walking her dog in Queens

Robberies ticked up 16% in the month of June in NYC

A man was seen on camera ripping multiple necklaces off a woman’s neck as she walked her dog in Queens in broad daylight. 

The incident unfolded in Flushing on Tuesday at around 9:35 a.m., the New York Police Department said on Twitter. Video shows a man on a bike approaching two women as one of the women walked a dog in the borough. 

The man then went up behind one of the women and ripped multiple gold necklaces from the 26-year-old victim’s neck. The necklaces are worth approximately $1,100. 

The victim was left with scratches but refused medical attention, the NYPD told Fox News. 

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Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the man described as "a male with a dark complexion, thin build, salt & pepper long hair in corn rows and last seen wearing black shorts,  black t-shirt, eyeglasses, carrying a light brown book bag and riding a dark bicycle."

New York City officials announced a 16% increase in robberies for the month of June, with 1,121 robberies compared to 966 in June 2020. Grand larceny also increased that month by more than 32%, with 3,123 reported in June this year compared to 2,361 during the same time period last year. 

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Assaults in the city have also increased, including ones that are suspected to be racially motivated. The NYPD, for example, reported last week that a 68-year-old Asian woman was randomly punched outside of a flower shop in Manhattan

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That attack added to the increase in assaults against Asian people in the city, with 109 reported incidents of anti-Asian attacks in New York City since the start of the year to July 25.