Police are looking for a group of armed robbers who tied up and threatened to shoot an 87-year-old woman in Brooklyn last month, leaving her with scratched hands and bruises on her leg that have yet to heal.
The victim told NBC 4 New York on Wednesday that she had just hung up the phone after speaking with her sister on a late Saturday afternoon in June when someone rang the doorbell. She looked through the peephole, asked who was at the door, and a woman on the other side said that she was a neighbor and had a question.
The victim says she opened the door about 5 inches, and four men, along with the woman who had pretended to be a neighbor, barged in with a handgun. The suspects tied up the victim and tried to tape her mouth closed, but the woman, who is asthmatic, fought to prevent them from covering her face.
She told NBC 4 New York the suspects stuck the gun in her mouth, and threatened to shoot her.
"I said, 'Shoot me.' I'd rather die this way than to suffocate," the victim said she told them.
Police say the suspects ransacked her apartment, stealing jewelry before running off. Authorities released a sketch of the female suspect (below) and surveillance video of the five suspects leaving the building after committing the robbery.
A month after the home invasion, the victim says she remains fearful, primarily because the suspects haven't been identified. But they know who she is -- and they know where she lives, the woman said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.