A 93-year-old woman who returned to her childhood home in Manhattan for the first time since the 1940s was mugged, along with her daughter, by a man who offered to show them their old apartment, according to a published report.
Marjorie Ramondetta and her 65-year-old daughter Linda Reynolds went back to the old building on Amsterdam Avenue and 164th Street in Washington Heights Tuesday to take pictures for a scrapbook, reports The New York Post.
As Ramondetta posed for snapshots on the front stoop of the building she hadn't visited in decades, a man walked up to her and asked if she needed help, the paper said.
Ramondetta said she was born in the building, and would love to see what her old apartment looked like all these years later.
The man offered to take her and her daughter up to the second-floor apartment. Once they were upstairs, he said he forgot his keys and went downstairs, then returned and threatened to harm Ramondetta and her daughter, the Post said.
The suspect allegedly grabbed for the women's purses, but they clutched their bags hard, so he threw them down a flight of stairs. The women dropped their bags in the fall and the suspect picked them up and ran off, according to the Post.
"I heard my mother say, 'Please help me!' I ran upstairs, and I'm yelling, 'Call the cops! Call the cops! Someone help us,'" Reynolds told the paper.
"We've never had such an upset in our life," her mother added.
The women were treated for bumps and bruises at the hospital.
The suspect, a career criminal with nearly two dozen prior arrests, was later taken into custody on an unrelated theft charge and admitted to stealing the women's purses, according to the Post.