NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A bold robber is targeting middle-aged and elderly women in the Bronx. He’s snatching purses and money, and has twice gotten physical.
Authorities released surveillance video of the suspect they are looking for, but the quality of the footage is not very clear.
One of the victims spoke with CBS 2’s John Slattery on Friday, saying the man demanded an envelope of cash from her pocket.
Rosa Rios, 78, said the suspect who mugged her repeatedly told her “give me the money, give me the money.”
Over three days this week, the mugger targeted four women near White Plans Road and East Gun Hill Road, police said.
On Monday, an 89-year-old woman had her purse snatched. Three hours later, a 68-year-old woman leaving the Williamsbridge Post Office had her purse grabbed and was pushed to the ground, police said.
Two of the victims, women 60 and 78 years old, were robbed after walking out of a check cashing store.
Rios said the man grabbed her by the wrist and then took the envelope. The bandit made off with $60 in cash and a money order for $33.
A neighbor said she knows two of the four victims.
“I just think it’s sad that they’re choosing the ones who really can’t protect themselves or let alone fight against what’s happening,” Sara Elliot said.
Victims were able to identify the suspect from video at a neighborhood bodega. It shows a heavy-set man between 30 and 45 years old, wearing a dark jacket and a black cap.
Neighbors said the incidents are a warning for elderly people walking out of known cash locations.
Authorities advise properly securing handbags and wallets and, if possible, to be in the company of someone younger.
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