THE BRONX — A fake flower delivery woman clutching a large bouquet duped a Bronx tenant into opening her door before two men forced their way into the victim's apartment, punched her and stole $10,000, police said.
The 57-year-old tenant fought back as her assailants tried to tie her up with duct tape inside the East 169th Street apartment on St. Patrick's day after the trio barged inside about 11:15 a.m., the NYPD said.
The con woman, who was wearing a red hat and pink gloves, knocked on the victim's door and said she had a flower delivery, police said.
When the victim opened the door, the suspect's two male co-conspirators pushed their way inside, where the fake flower delivery woman drew a silver gun and demanded the victim cooperate, police said.
But the tenant, whose name was withheld, fought back as the gunwoman and one of the men tried in vain to bind her with duct tape, police said. Meanwhile, a second man found $10,000 in cash that was hidden in her bedroom closet and the trio fled east on 169th Street, police said.
The tenant wasn't injured, police said.
Police released surveillance photos of the trio. One of the men was wearing all black with a matching hoodie, mask, gloves and pants.
The other man had a similar outfit but with a gray camouflage jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).