Eagle-eyed cops ended a homeless man’s Bronx mugging spree that included an attack on an elderly woman who refused to give him a dollar, authorities said Saturday.
Alvin Henigan, 39, was busted Thursday by cops who found surveillance video from one of his robberies — and realized they knew him from the neighborhood.
Henigan on Sept. 1 allegedly approached Ana Keller, 79, from behind as she got off a train at the 174 St.-175 St. station in Mount Hope.
“Give me a dollar,” Henigan told Keller, according to her recollection.
“I had my package on my arm, and I had my cane in my right hand,” Keller told the Daily News. “I said, ‘I don’t have anything. I’m sorry.’”
Henigan than pushed her to the floor of a station stairwell, and stole her package, which contained shampoo and toiletries. Keller said she managed to hold on to her purse.
“When I tried to sit up, he punched me in the back fo the head, and he grabbed my hand and hurt my wrist," said Keller, a 45-year Bronx resident who is originally from Colombia. “I’m black and blue in a lot of places.”
Henigan’s crime spree began at the 174 St.-175 St. station around 2:50 p.m. July 8 when police say he wrapped his arms around a 59-year-old woman swiping her MetroCard and forced her to drop her cellphone. He then scooped up the cellphone and ran off, cops said.
A few hours later, he approached a half-blind man on Morris Ave. near E. 179th St., about eight blocks from the station, and demanded money. When the victim said he had none to spare, Henigan assaulted him and took his cellphone, police said.
Cops following up on Keller’s robbery got a break when Neighborhood Coordination Officer Dennis Palanco found surveillance video showing Henigan fleeing the scene.
Field Intelligence Officer Milton Valerio recognized Henigan’s face from a previous arrest near the 174-175 St. station, and went looking for him with the Transit District 11 commanding officer, Capt. Igor Pinkhasov.
“We were driving around the area and (Valerio) looks over and says, ‘That’s him!'” Pinkhasov told The News. “(Henigan) was wearing the same clothes and everything."
Neighhborhood coordination officers like Palanco “know the riders in the area because they see them going and coming into the station,” Pinkhasov said. “They also know the building owners in the area because when a bad guy flees our station, they are most likely going to go into one of those buildings.”
Henigan has an extensive criminal history that includes more than 20 arrests for robbery, assault, petty larceny and drug possession, police said.
A Bronx judge on Saturday ordered Henigan held on $10,000 bail for the mugging spree.