NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A violent robbery was caught on camera over the weekend in Manhattan.
It happened in broad daylight at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday outside the Renwick Gardens apartment building — a senior housing facility home to many residents with disabilities — on East 29th Street in Kips Bay.
Police said the suspect choked a 64-year-old woman from behind, then stole her bag.
Surveillance video shows her lying on the ground as he walks away.
Another resident told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge the victim is a home health aide who was just about to start her shift.
“She was very nervous. She went upstairs, told the people she works with. They came down afterwards and notified the cops,” Carlos Reyes said.
The victim suffered cuts on her elbows and right knee.
“That’s terrifying. My son drops me off, picks me up. I just go straight in,” resident Yvonne Julius said.
Police said the suspect made off with her cellphone and cash.
Anyone with information about him is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.