NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a suspect who they say is wanted for violently robbing a woman in the Bronx.
The incident happened back on June 29 at around 3:30 a.m. in the lobby of an apartment building on Briggs Avenue in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx.
The suspect grabbed 62-year-old Carolyn Farmer from behind and knocked her to the ground before taking cash from her pocket, police said.
She said she had just taken $700 out of the ATM for rent and food.
Farmer said she never saw the man who attacked her.
“The man came behind me, kicked me in my face, punched me in my face and my head,” Farmer said. “It was terrible. He kicked me. I didn’t even recognize it that he kicked me.”
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A neighbor heard Farmer’s screams for help and came out into the first floor hallway, scaring the attacker away, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
The entire incident was caught on surveillance video.
“The biggest lead, of course, is the video. As always, we need the public’s help,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes.
Neighbors said they were stunned by the attack caught on video.
“They should let me have that SOB myself. I’ll teach him a lesson. Elderly people shouldn’t be beat up like that,” neighbor Robert Worley told Grymes.
Farmer was treated and released from a local hospital, but said she’s too scared to leave her home.
“I don’t go out at night no more, I’m frightened, I could’ve been killed,” Farmer said.
Police describe the suspect as a black male, about 5-foot-9, weighing 200 pounds with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark shorts and white sneakers.
Farmer said God will punish him for what he did.
“I hope that he don’t bother or hurt anybody else,” said Farmer. “I hope he goes to jail for what he did to me.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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