UPDATE, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.: Police released a photo of Jesus Morales' wedding ring, who was killed on Jan. 9 on 18th Street during a botched robbery. Police believe that the suspect, who is still at large, may try to sell the ring. The NYPD is asking the public to keep their eyes out for anyone trying to sell this wedding ring, for they may be connected with the murder-robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1800 577-TIPS.
A robber killed a 67-year-old man on 18th Street and robbed him for his watch and wallet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, police said.
According to a spokesman for the NYPD, a crook approached a man visiting from Long Island at around 7:15 p.m. on 18th Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, pushed him to the ground, causing him to crack his head on the sidewalk, robbed him and fled.
Police responded to the robbery, within the confines of the 72nd Precinct, where they found the 67-year-old victim lying on the sidewalk with head injuries. The EMS transported the victim to Lutheran Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
According to police sources, the victim’s name was Jesus Morales from Merrick, Long Island and was in South Slope to buy a car on 18th Street. The robber allegedly pushed him to the ground once, where he cracked his head open, robbed him and ran away.
There have been no arrests as of yet and the investigation is ongoing. Stay with Patch for updates on this story.