VIDEO: Cops Seek Suspect Who Attacked Elderly Woman in W. 13th St. Robbery

By Andrea Swalec on December 10, 2012 2:30pm 

MANHATTAN — A thief violently pushed down and robbed an 85-year-old woman in the elevator of her Meatpacking District home Saturday night, police said.

The woman was entering her apartment building at 305 W. 13th St. around 11 p.m. Saturday when the male suspect followed her inside, police said.

As surveillance footage shows, the towering man followed the small woman, who walks with a cane, into the building on the same block as Notre Dame School, the wine bar Zampa and the high-end clothing shop Y-3.

The thief sat in a chair in the building's lobby and then followed the woman into the elevator, where he shoved her to the ground and snatched her purse, tucking it into his sweatshirt, surveillance video shows.

The suspect is described as approximately 35 years old, standing between 6-feet and 6-foot-3, and weighing between 200 and 230 pounds, police said. He was wearing a brown sweatshirt and brown winter hat at the time of the incident, police said.

The victim was not injured in the attack, cops added.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES), and then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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