The death of a Brooklyn homeless man fatally beaten during a mugging has been declared a homicide — and the man arrested for the robbery could be facing murder charges, police said Friday.
Labib Abdullah, 38, is facing murder or manslaughter charges for the fatal beating of Immerman Gideon on Nevins St. in Brooklyn Heights back on Feb. 22.
Abdullah allegedly took Gideon’s cellphone during an exchange at a McDonald’s on Flatbush Ave., then beat the homeless man when the victim followed him to Nevis St., demanding his property back, officials said.
Cops found the 39-year-old Gideon sprawled out on the street with injuries to his face and head. He was taken to New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where he died of his injuries on April 15.
Abdullah was arrested in March after an NYPD Neighborhood Coordination Officer recognized him from a surveillance video of the attack.
He was charged with assault, menacing and harassment, although those charges are expected to be upgraded at his next court appearance on Nov. 8, sources with knowledge of the case said.
Abdullah has a criminal record dating back to 1996 and has been repeatedly arrested for drug possession and burglary.