A suspect is in custody after the NYPD’s chief chaplain was mugged on his daily walk on the Upper West Side Tuesday morning. Rabbi Alvin Kass, 84, was approached by the individual at Riverside Drive and West 107th Street at around 5:45 a.m. The suspect said, “I’m hungry, I need food,” and began rifling through the rabbi’s pockets and grabbed his phone. “And then he grabbed my other pocket, my wallet, and I think he saw my shield and I think it threw him because after that he seemed confused and he dropped the shield and ran away,” Kass said. The suspect got away empty-handed and the rabbi was not injured. Rafael Diaz, 39, was taken into custody later Tuesday in connection to the assault. He is charged with attempted robbery and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police say he had a crack pipe on him and is believed to be homeless.
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