East Village Business Owner Robbed of $100K in Purse Snatching, Cops Say
NEW YORK CITY — A 50-year-old business owner was robbed inside her East Village apartment building Monday when two men attacked her from behind and ran off with her bag and pocketbook containing $100,000 in cash, cops and sources said.
A source said the woman, who was not identified, is the successful owner of three East Village businesses, one of which is a check-cashing and money-wiring service.
She had been on her way to the bank to deposit cash collected from her businesses when the robbery took place, the source said.
Cops say the woman had exited her first-floor apartment about 5:30 p.m. when a man grabbed her from behind in a chokehold and threw her to the ground.
He and another man then snatched her pocketbook and another bag, which together contained the large sum of cash, plus her cell phone, credit cards and other personal property, police said.
The duo bolted out of the building and then may have sped off in a gray or gold Honda, cops said.
Police said the suspects appeared to be in their late 20s to early 30s, about 6 feet tall and approximately 200 pounds.
The first suspect was last spotted wearing a white shirt, black du-rag and sunglasses, cops said.
The second, in all black, wore a du-rag, T-shirt and jeans, cops said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).