Albany Police: 63-year-old attacked with own cane; Suspect arrested

The victim was treated for cuts at Albany Medical Center, police say
Richard Vasquez
Richard Vasquez

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ALBANY – A 63-year-old man was robbed and attacked with his own cane Monday evening in Albany and police have made an arrest, police said.

The victim was taken to Albany Medical Center for cuts and injuries to his head and face, police said.

Officers soon after found and arrested Richard Vasquez, 51, of Albany, and charged him with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies.

The incident happened at about 8:45 p.m. in the area of Madison Avenue and Franklin Street, police said.

The victim told officers he was standing outside his residence on Madison Avenue with his cane when a man approached and asked for money. When the victim responded he had no money to give, the suspect responded by punching the victim in the face and head, police said.

The suspect also soon took the victim’s cane and hit the victim several times with it, police said.

Officers soon found Vasquez on South Pearl Street as he matched the description and he was then identified as the attacker, police said. Police also found Vasquez with items belonging to the victim, police said.

Vasquez was arraigned and ordered held.


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