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Caught on Tape: Thug Preying on Elderly

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    A monster has been stalking the hallways and elevators of Brooklyn apartment buildings for two months now, attacking the weakest victims he can find. On Thursday a security camera finally caught the man in action.

    Lillian France, 85, was taking the elevator up to her Crown Heights apartment shortly before 7 pm. As she stepped forward to get off the elevator, the man riding with her grabbed her from behind, putting her in a choke hold. He then threw her to the floor and ran off with $900 and her cane.

    The attacker is described as a black man in his 20s or 30s, wearing a "nice watch, baseball cap and white sneakers," cops told the New York Daily News.

    France is believed to be the 12th person -- average age 74 -- to fall prey to this man in the neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Kensington and Flatbush.