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Police: 81-Year-Old Man Fights Off Robber at ATM

Paul Rysanek, 21, is arrested shortly after attempting to rob man at an ATM in Selden, police say.

Paul Rysanek, 21, was arrested and charged with third degree attempted robbery. (SCPD photo)
Paul Rysanek, 21, was arrested and charged with third degree attempted robbery. (SCPD photo)

A Selden man was arrested Tuesday after he attempted to rob an 81-year-old man at an ATM, police said. 

According to police, Sixth Precinct officers responded to Independence Plaza, located on Route 25, at about 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday after a 911 caller reported a robbery. 

The 81-year-old man reported that he was attempting to retrieve cash from an ATM when a man grabbed the money and punched him, police said. 

The victim fought back, though, police said, and the suspect fled on foot with no proceeds.

After a notification was broadcast over the radio, a short time later, Sixth Precinct officer Michael Palumbo located a person matching the suspect’s description on Wyandotte Street in Selden, police said. 

Paul Rysanek, 21, was arrested and charged with third degree attempted robbery. He was scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday. 

The investigation is continuing and police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call the Sixth Precinct at 631-854-8652 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Dan July 22, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Is it wrong for me to imagine him surrounded by seniors being beaten with canes and walkers? Oh what his grandparents must think!
KardashianButt July 22, 2014 at 08:41 PM
He was drummed out of the smack union.
brookhavenconfucius July 23, 2014 at 04:47 AM
It has to be embarrassing to him, with the others in Lock Up.
Jonathan Eberhardt July 23, 2014 at 10:53 PM
another junkie desperate to get high
brookhavenconfucius July 24, 2014 at 02:23 AM
BY THE LOOK ON HIS BABY FACE, HE IS VOTED 'MOST LIKELY' TO END UP, BEATEN' UP, JUST ON GENERAL PRINCIPLES IN LOCAL LOCKUP !

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