The victim complied with the thief's demands to hand over her gold chain, a bracelet and a ring. The entire incident was caught on surveillance video, and the suspect was also captured strolling away from the crime scene on a bicycle.
Police Arrest Suspected Robber Who Followed Woman, 8 Kids into Elevator
The suspect is accused of robbing the woman in front of her day care charges
Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 Updated at 4:26 PM EDT
Police have arrested a man accused of robbing a 39-year-old woman in front of eight children inside an elevator in a Brooklyn apartment building earlier this month.
Oneil Borgella, 36, allegedly followed the day care worker and children into the elevator in Bedford-Stuyvesant after they took a trip to a local park. He threatened the woman with a gun and stole her jewelry before fleeing on a bicycle, police said.
The victim recalled to NBC 4 New York, "He said 'give me the money.' I said I don't have any money. He said, 'give it to me right now or I'll kill you in front of these kids."
"I was crying," said the victim. "I was terrified. I wasn't screaming because my kids were there."
Borgella was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree menacing and acting in a manner injurious to a child. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.