FRESH MEADOWS — A Fresh Meadows man was charged last week for relieving a man of his wallet and wristwatch as he relieved himself, the Queens district attorney’s office said.
Police said 21-year-old Oscar Mendez, of 61-39 169th St., allegedly sneaked up behind Ricardo Lucio Christmas morning as he was urinating behind a Jackson Heights apartment building and told his prey, “Police, police officer,” the Queens DA said.
Lucio told police the grinch then began to frisk him and stole both his wallet and his wristwatch, leaving a small cut on his stomach, according to a criminal complaint filed by the DA.
Police said Mendez later identified himself on a video surveillance still taken from the area and that, upon checking his name, it was determined that Mendez is not, nor ever has been, a member of the New York Police Department, the DA said.
Mendez was arraigned Feb. 9 on charges of robbery and criminal impersonation.
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