2015-09-16 / Front Page

Mugging Victim, 80, Fingered Her Killer

By Liz Goff
An 80-year-old Corona woman died last week of injuries she suffered during a September 5 mugging – but not before she identified her attacker, police said.

Cops said Celico Londono was walking with her 92-year-old sister-in-law on 78th Street near 35th Avenue in Jackson Heights at about 4:40 p.m. on September 5, when a man shoved her to the ground and used a box cutter to slice her purse strap, police said.

The man shoved her to the ground, causing injuries to her stomach, arm and hip before fleeing on foot, police said. Her sister-in-law was not injured in the attack.

Two men who witnessed the attack took off after the suspect and called 911, police said.
Londono was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where she identified ex-con Jason Vecchio, 32, as her attacker, police sources said.

Police sources said the heartless parolee remained remorseless after his arrest telling the cops, “I only took her purse. Nobody cares about her age. I’ll max out my parole and come back better and stronger,” Vecchio said. “I wish she got hurt.”

Londono, who underwent surgery for a ruptured intestine, died at Elmhurst Hospital Center on September 9.

Vecchio, a career criminal who was on parole at the time of the attack was charged with robbery, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.

Vecchio could face additional charges in Londono’s death, law enforcement sources said.

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