Autistic Teenager Attacked, Mugged by Two Assailants on Lafayette Street

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 at 5:03 am by

Photo: NYPD

Two men attacked, then robbed an autistic 14-year-old boy on Lafayette Street late Saturday morning, cops said.

Police say one suspect forced the teenager against the sidewalk scaffolding while the accomplice robbed him. The duo also repeatedly punched the victim in the face, before fleeing with his jacket and bag, which contained a wallet and cell phone, along with $4 in cash.

The incident – which transpired near the corner of White Street – was caught on nearby surveillance camera.

According to published reports, one suspect, 35-year-old Charles Destefano, was arrested about two hours after the mugging. The second is not yet in custody, and the NYPD released a photo of the suspect.

The victim sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

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