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Queens man left in coma by punch taken while chasing phone thief

A Queens man is in critical condition after he was suddenly punched in the side of the head as he gave chase to a thief who ran off with his cell phone, police said Sunday.

The 66-year-old victim was on the phone when it was snatched from his ear by a teenager who sprinted west on Hillside Ave. near 167 St. in Jamaica Hills around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to cops.

Shocking surveillance footage from a cellular store released Sunday by police shows the bandit fly past the storefront as an accomplice — who lingered in and out of the store before the attack — stands outside.

The alleged thief is described as being in his teens, and wore a black du-rag and dark clothing at the time of incident.

The alleged thief is described as being in his teens, and wore a black du-rag and dark clothing at the time of incident.

(NYPD)

As the victim gives chase, the accomplice broadsides him with a brutal blow to the temple that knocks the victim to the concrete.

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Medics rushed the victim, who landed on his head, to Elmhurst Hospital where he remains in a coma, authorities said.

The incident took place on Hillside Ave. near 167 St. in Jamaica Hills, Queens, on Thursday evening.

The incident took place on Hillside Ave. near 167 St. in Jamaica Hills, Queens, on Thursday evening.

(NYPD)

The cell phone thief is described as black and in his teens. He wore a black du-rag and dark clothing.

The attacker is described as black, about 5-foot-9, 190 pounds with short black hair. He wore a dark blue and white hooded sweatshirt, dark blue sweatpants and black Nike sandals with white socks.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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