Shocking moment woman, 74, is cornered in elevator by masked man who threatened to kill her


Terrifying moment masked robber corners woman, 74, in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building and threatens to shoot her before making off with $600

  • Video shows the elderly woman being roughed up by the robber in a cramped Coney Island elevator
  • ‘I have a gun and will kill you if you don’t give me the purse,’ the mugger told her 
  • Police are looking for the man and an accomplice who left the elevator just before the attack
  •  Robberies have shot up 40 percent in New York City compared to last year

A surveillance camera captured the shocking moment an armed robber in a purple balaclava roughed up a 74-year-old woman in a cramped Brooklyn elevator, threatened to kill her and made off with $600.

‘I have a gun and will kill you if you don’t give me the purse,’ the masked brut told the elderly lady as he grabbed her by the shoulder and shoved her up against the wall of the elevator cab in Coney Island on June 15 at about 11.30am.

Video of the assault released by police shows the woman clutching her purse as she rides in the lift with two men in the Carey Houses, the public housing complex on 21st Street between Mermaid and Surf avenues.

Video surveillance shows a mugger wearing a purple balaclava grabbing a 74-year-old woman and taking $600 in a Coney Island elevator

Video surveillance shows a mugger wearing a purple balaclava grabbing a 74-year-old woman and taking $600 in a Coney Island elevator

The NYPD is looking for these men who are believed to have been involved in the mugging of a 74-year-old lady in a Brooklyn elevator

The NYPD is looking for these men who are believed to have been involved in the mugging of a 74-year-old lady in a Brooklyn elevator

After one of them steps off, the man with a purple mask covering everything but his eyes, steps in front of the woman and grabs her blouse by the collar and pushes her back against the elevator wall.

The man, who was wearing tan pants and a black shirt with a crescent moon on it,  towers over her during the assault.

She appears to be desperately bargaining with the man before going digging in her purse and pulling out a wad of bills.

The coward keeps one hand in his pocket the whole time, implying that’s where he keeps his weapon.

The mugging lasts only seconds, from the fourth floor to the seventh floor of the apartment building, the video shows.

This image released by police shows a man wearing the same T-shirt as the mugger who roughed up a 74-year-old woman, threatened her life and stole $600 from her

This image released by police shows a man wearing the same T-shirt as the mugger who roughed up a 74-year-old woman, threatened her life and stole $600 from her

This man is believed to have exited the elevator shortly before an elderly woman was roughed up at gunpoint and threatened

This man is believed to have exited the elevator shortly before an elderly woman was roughed up at gunpoint and threatened

The man fled on 21st Street and is believed to have an accomplice, who left the elevator shortly before the attack.

Police released images of the two men, showing one wearing a purple do-rag, who appears to be the accessory to the crime. Another photo shows a man shopping in a convenience store wearing the same crescent moon shirt that the mugger wore.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who was elected on a platform of cleaning up crime, has suffered low poll numbers in the face of rising crime.

Overall crime has jumped 38 percent in the first six months since the same period last year, according to NYPD statistics. Felony assaults have risen nearly 19 percent and robberies, like the elevator mugging, are up more than 40 percent. Rapes continue to jump across the five boroughs, increasing 17 percent from the first half of 2021.

Homicides, however, have dipped 11 percent and shootings are down 8 percent, according to the police data.

Gun crime continues to plague the city. Over the weekend, a Father’s Day picnic in Harlem erupted in gunfire that killed one and wounded eight people. 

Over the weekend, Adams complained that state lawmakers and prosecutors are more concerned with helping criminals stay out of jail than helping victims of crime.

‘What about innocent people? How about a zero tolerance for the victims of crimes? How about refocusing our attention on the innocent people who get up everyday and do what’s right?’ Adams said during a speech on Saturday, according to the New York Post.

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