With video: A man robs a woman at the LIC church |

The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man who robbed a woman from a church in Long Island City on September 24.

Police say the incident took place around 5 p.m. inside Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church on 37th Street when an unidentified man allegedly took a woman’s wallet during a service of prayer.

When she noticed her wallet was missing, she walked out and saw a man with his belongings in his pocket. When she confronted him and attempted to retrieve him, he slapped her hand, breaking her left index finger, before fleeing.

The woman refused medical assistance at the scene, seeking treatment on her own.

The man is described as in his 40s with an average complexion and build. He is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and has short, brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black jacket, blue jeans, gray sneakers and glasses and carrying a red wallet.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging on to nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.

All tips are strictly confidential.

Jerry B. Hatch