By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a man for stealing a bag of plastic bottles from a senior in front of the Associated at 409 East 14th Street on Friday, July 19 around 3:45 p.m.
The 72-year-old victim was returning plastic bottles for the deposit outside the store when 48-year-old John Thompson approached him and grabbed the bag from his hand, attempting to remove it by force.
The victim told police that he asked Thompson to give him the bag back and Thompson responded by allegedly punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground before fleeing the scene.
According to the district attorney’s office, Thompson admitted that he took the bag, saying that he “punched the old man in the face and knocked him down” before leaving with the bag.
Thompson was then caught outside the store on Tuesday, July 23 at 3 p.m. and was charged with robbery. No further information was available about specifically how Thompson was caught.
An attorney for Thompson did not want to comment on the case. The Manhattan DA requested $40,000 bail but the judge ordered him released under supervision.