By Geoffrey Croft
A eighty-six year-old man was robbed and thrown to the ground early this morning by a group while strolling in Central Park with his wife.
The couple were walking near 76th Street and East Drive at 12:30 a.m. when the group approached the couple and asked if they could spare any money according to police.
The man declined and one of the suspects grabbed him by the back of his shirt collar and threw him to the floor.
The suspect reached into the victims's backpack and stole his wallet containing $20. The thief also stole his MetroCard and ID.
The victim suffered a gash to his right cheek. He refused medical attention.
His wife, 56, was not hurt.
The suspects fled westbound through the park.
The suspect who threw the victim to the ground is described as a male black, in his 20s, chubby and wearing a white T-shirt.
His three accomplices were also decribed as male blacks. Police provided no other description of the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).