Police arrest bible robbery suspect

Police arrest bible robbery suspect

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Police have caught the suspect who assaulted a 92-year-old man taking his bible and glasses.

Authorities say 40-year-old Francisco Flores allegedly followed 92-year-old Ricardo Velez inside the front door of his West 18th Street building in Chelsea Monday night.

Flores knocked down the elderly victim to the ground and took his bible and glasses.

Velez suffered a broken hip in the assault and is still hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital.

Police had released a surveillance video of Flores, who was seen limping in the video, and say the pressure of the situation may have gotten to him. He apparently collapsed during the week and was found by police at Brookdale Hospital on Friday.  

According to the Daily News, a nearby merchant found the bible and gave it to police two days later after seeing the news coverage about the robbery.

Flores, who lived just two blocks away from the victim, was charged with robbery and criminal possession of stolen property.

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