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Debbie Villanueva was randomly punched Friday, May 10, 2024, outside her parked Nissan Rogue on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.
Debbie Villanueva was randomly punched Friday, May 10, 2024, outside her parked Nissan Rogue on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.
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A 60-year-old woman was in front of her Queens apartment building by five crooks who emptied her pockets and stole her SUV, shocking video shows.

Debbie Villanueva, who recently moved to Rockaway Beach from Brooklyn, was attacked unloading groceries as she spoke on her iPhone with her sister.

“I’m just in a lot of pain right now,” Villanueva told the Daily News on Tuesday morning.

Villanueva parked her Nissan Rogue outside her building on near Rockaway Beach Blvd. about 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

But before she could get to the entrance of her building, she was approached by two men from across the street.

Debbie Villanueva was randomly punched Friday, May 10, 2024, outside her parked Nissan Rogue on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.
Debbie Villanueva, left, was attacked Friday outside her home on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.

Villanueva “immediately ” and told her sister to call 911, she told ABC7 New York.

She moved away from the steps in a failed attempt to dodge the man closest to her.

Video shows that man pulling at her belongings. She moved to her right, but then the crook clocked her on the left side of her head.

Debbie Villanueva was randomly punched Friday, May 10, 2024, outside her parked Nissan Rogue on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.
Debbie Villanueva was attacked Friday outside her home on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.

Villanueva fell to the ground, her head striking the sidewalk, and lost consciousness.

At that point, the crook who punched her and the second man tore through her pockets, stealing her phone, $90 cash and the keys to her Rogue.

The crooks took off in her SUV along with three accomplices who were lurking nearby during the attack.

The SUV was later found in Brownsville, Brooklyn, police said, but the attackers are still being sought.

Debbie Villanueva was randomly punched Friday, May 10, 2024, outside her parked Nissan Rogue on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.
Debbie Villanueva was attacked Friday outside her home on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.

“This could have happened to anybody,” Villanueva told ABC7.  “I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

She suffered a concussion, with doctors needing staples to close the gash on her head. She was on painkillers and still recovering Tuesday morning.

Debbie Villanueva was randomly punched Friday, May 10, 2024, outside her parked Nissan Rogue on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.
Debbie Villanueva was attacked Friday outside her home on Beach 96th St. near Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Queens as she unloaded groceries.

“I’m grateful just to be OK,” she told ABC7.

“Emotionally I don’t know yet. I’m gonna be honest with you; I don’t know if it has hit me yet. But I’m gonna take it one day at a time. What else can I do?”

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