Zamori Simmons (also known as Zamora Simmons) was arrested Thursday for attacking and robbing a 68-year-old man in Brooklyn last month. The brutal attack, which occurred on July 24 at around 9:05 a.m., was documented in shocking security camera footage. Police were able to identify the suspect and took him into custody Thursday morning.
The 21-year-old man was charged with two counts of robbery and one count of assault for the horrific mugging. Zamori Simmons was taken to his arraignment on August 5. Simmons’ bail has not been set. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has legal representation.
The arrest was announced via Twitter Thursday afternoon. Police Chief James Essig from the NYPD posted on social media that Zamori Simmons was “apprehended.” He wrote in the post that due to the “heads up work by the [NYPD 101 Precinct]” the suspect was identified and taken into custody. “The individual [was] wanted in the assault and robbery of a 68-year-old victim in East New York.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea celebrated the arrest on Twitter, retweeting the ”Crime Stoppers” video with the word “Arrested” captioned across the footage. In his post, Commissioner Shea wrote: “Thanks to great investigative work by the @NYPD75Pct detectives, the man responsible for this brutal attack & robbery of a 68-year-old in #Brooklyn is now in police custody.”
According to reports, 21-year-old Zamori (Zamora) Simmons is from Jamaica Queens and robbed the unnamed victim on July 24. The 68-year-old man was riding a Citi Bike down a Brooklyn street when the brutal attack occurred. Simmons executed the mugging near Pitkin Avenue and Barbey Street, having approached the elderly man and threw him off his bike.
The victim sustained a broken wrist and nose, according to the NYPD. In the video released on social media, Simmons can be seen grabbing the man by his shirt before punching him in the face. The suspect throws several punches in succession until the 68-year-old falls to the ground.
Zamori Simmons then bends over the helpless man, executing another string of gut-wrenching blows to the man’s face, body, and legs. At one point, Simmons stomps on the man’s face, before searching his person for valuables. While performing the brutal body search, Simmons picks the man up and tosses him on the ground. The clip is only 17 seconds long, but many viewers found it hard to stomach.
Cops explained that the mugging turned violent after the victim refused to turn over his personal items. That was when Simmons began punching and kicking him. Zamori Simmons fled with the victim’s cellphone and a silver necklace, though it’s unclear if those items were returned once Simmons was arrested.
NYPD News posted the brutal video to Twitter a day after the attack. “WANTED for ROBBERY,” the caption read. “On 7/24/21 at approx 9:05 AM, in the vicinity of Pitkin Ave and Barbey St in Brooklyn, the suspect approached a 68-year-old male, assaulted him, causing a broken wrist & nose, then removed his property. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or call them at 800-577-TIPS.”
Zamori Simmons’ first court appearance has not been scheduled, and it wasn’t clear where he is being held. Police did not reveal whether the suspect has a criminal past.