A New York City mugger attacked a 101-year-old woman, punched her in the face and knocked her over before making off with her handbag, according to police and a security-camera video.
Shortly afterward, the same suspect victimized an 85-year-old woman, also using a walker, police said Friday as they pressed the public for tips that could identify him.
The attacks took place in separate buildings in the Jamaica section of Queens last Sunday. The suspect, a black male in his 30s, is wanted in a string of neighborhood robberies.
Rose Morat, 101 years old, was assaulted in her apartment building's lobby around 12:30 p.m. The suspect, who pulled a ski mask down over his face, was seen in security-camera footage opening the door for Morat before throwing a flurry of punches at her as she steadies herself against her walker.
"I was not unconscious, but I was startled, and I thought: What happened?" said Morat. The suspect appeared to spit on his victim as he made off with her pocketbook.
About a half-hour later, 85-year-old Solange Elizee was assaulted outside her apartment a half-mile from Morat's. Police said the suspect followed her on an elevator and got out on a different floor from hers, but then ran up the stairs and confronted her at her apartment door.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Mugging of 101-year-old NYC Woman Caught on Tape
There's low and then there's low, and then there's this guy who mugged two very elderly women, one 101 years old. And he got all of about $75. Now there's a master criminal for you. Fortunately (or unfortunately for him) one of his attacks was caught on a security camera. Here's more on this nasty story from CBS News: