NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A woman in her 60s is recovering after being attacked by a knife-wielding man in Queens.
Video shows the moment an unknown man jumped the victim from behind and held a knife to her throat.
“She said he put a knife to her throat and demanded money or he was going to kill her,” the woman’s son Randy told CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon in an exclusive interview.
It happened last Saturday morning near 120th Street and 103rd Avenue in the Richmond Hill section.
The woman, 64, wasn’t injured, but she did not want to speak about the attack.
“She was being brave for everyone around her, but deep down I know she was sad and she was scared,” said Randy.
He said his mother was walking to work when when she was ambushed.
“She wasn’t injured… Just a little bleeding from her nose. There was too much pressure applied to her nose,” Randy said.
Police said, after the attack, the suspect ran southbound on 120th Street without taking anything from the victim.
They’re now searching for a 20-to-35-year-old man who weighs around 150 lbs. and is about 5’5″ tall. The suspect was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, dark colored pants, white sneakers, a green hat and a dark colored mask.
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It’s a terrifying incident to people who live in the area.
“That’s appalling, because I have daughters that walk up and down this street, too. And it can happen to her,” one person said.
“It happens during the day when there’s people around. Imagine at night. That’s scary,” said another.
Residents said they’ll be looking over their shoulders until the suspect is caught. So will the victim.
“I told her to be a little more cautious, to check her surroundings before crossing the street,” her son said. “She usually walks to work a few minutes away, but now she’s really scared to do that,” Randy said.
Anyone with any information 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.