Man, 60, Dies After Christmas Eve Mugging For $1


NYPD suspects

NYPD suspects

A 60-year-old man died Friday afternoon after being mugged on Christmas Eve for $1, the New York Police Department said.

Juan Fresnada,60. died Friday afternoon at the Bronx hospital where he was being treated for injuries sustained during the Christmas Eve mugging, the NYPD said. Officials have released surveillance photos of the incident in hopes the public can help identify the suspects in the incident.

Fresnada and another man, Byron Caceres, 29, were walking along Third Avenue in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx at around 1:30 a.m. when the muggers approached the pair, demanding their money and valuables, police said. When the two men refused, the suspects attacked.

Surveillance video released by the department shows one man grabbing another man's shirt, and throwing him to the ground, then hitting him repeatedly. Two other men arrive, joining the attack, with one holding a trash can even as the victim attempts to stand. It's unclear whether that is Fresnada or Caceres, who did not require hospitalization.

The muggers got away with $1 from the man.

Fresnada's partner, Byron Caceres, told the Daily News of New York, that Fresnada told him to run while he took the beating and that he "tried to defend me." Caceres said because he didn't have a cellphone, he was unable to call for help.

Photo: New York Police Department