A search is underway for the man who threatened and robbed a woman in a Bedford-Stuyvesant elevator. The victim, who just returned from the park with several children in her care, talks about her terrifying experience. Tracie Strahan reports. (Published Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013)
Police are looking for the man who followed a 39-year-old woman and eight children she was caring for into an elevator at a Brooklyn apartment building, threatened her with a gun and stole her jewelry before fleeing on a bicycle.
The victim, a day care worker in the Fulton Street building in Bedford-Stuyvesant, was returning from a trip to the local park with the children when the robber slipped into the elevator with them just as the doors were closing.
"He put a gun to my face," the victim told NBC 4 New York.
"He said 'give me the money.' I said I don't have any money," the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said. "He put it more in my face. 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."
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.
"I was crying," said the victim. "I was terrified. I wasn't screaming because my kids were there."
No one was injured, but the victim says she's scared her and her children's safety could still be at risk.
Authorities have yet to identify the suspect, but residents are sure that he can't be local.
"I know everybody around here," said Willie Hill, the building's superintendent. "Anybody in this neighborhood knows the camera works so good. Very foolish move."
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).
Published at 9:41 AM EDT on Aug 14, 2013