A 60-year-old man has died after he was kicked and punched defending his partner from a mugging on Christmas Eve.
Juan Fresnada was taken to a Bronx hospital in a critical condition after the attack, when the robbers took just $1 before they fled.
He died on Friday afternoon, the New York Police Department said.
They released surveillance photos and videos in hopes of pinpointing suspects.
Fresnada’s partner, Byron Caceres, told the Daily News of New York that he suffered the fatal blows while trying to spare him and urging him to run to safety, which he did.
He ‘tried to defend me,’ Caceres, 29, told the newspaper.
He said he had been unable to summon help because he doesn’t have a cellphone.
Police said the two men were walking in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx around 1.30am when several muggers approached them and demanded their property.
When they refused, they were attacked.
Surveillance video clips released by police show a man grabbing another man’s shirt and swinging him to the ground, then hitting him.
Later clips show two other men joining the attacker, one of them grasping a rubbish bin, as the beaten man starts to stand up.
It’s unclear whether he is Fresnada or Caceres, who didn’t need to be taken to hospital.
Caceres, originally from Honduras, and Cuban-born Fresnada met through a program for poor gay men in 2015 and lived together in a building in Morrisania, according to the Daily News.
‘He’s very calm, and I’m the one who is stressed all the time,’ Caceres said as Fresnada lay in intensive care.
Caceres says the muggers didn’t say anything to indicate the attack was a hate crime.
A neighbor, Aletha Jacobs, told the Daily News that Fresnada was well known and liked in the area.
‘He never bothered nobody,’ she said. ‘He’s a beautiful guy.’
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