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Man arrested for robbing 73-year-old blind man twice

July 18, 2013 Staff Report

A 46-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested yesterday for robbing a blind man twice in less than two weeks.

Ronald Rhodes, 46, has been charged with burglary, robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal obstruction of breathing.

The robberies allegedly occurred on June 29 and July 9 at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, police said.

In the first incident, police said Rhodes followed the 73-year-old victim into his home near 41st Avenue and 21st Street and snatched his chain off his neck.

In the second incident, police said Rhodes forced his way into the victim’s home, grabbed the man by his throat and threw him to the floor, rendering him unconscious. The suspect took electronic equipment and ran off, police said.

The victim was taken to Mt Sinai Hospital in stable condition.

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