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.
As the victim gives chase, the accomplice broadsides him with a brutal blow to the temple that knocks the victim to the concrete.
Medics rushed the victim, who landed on his head, to Elmhurst Hospital where he remains in a coma, authorities said.
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.