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7th Incident Reported in Series of Violent Elevator Robberies

Police have also released surveillance video of the suspect

Police say a 27-year-old woman has been assaulted and robbed in an elevator on the Upper East Side, the seventh such incident in a pattern of violent elevator robberies apparently targeting Asian men and women.

The suspect followed the woman into an elevator in her apartment building on the Upper East Side Thursday at 7 p.m., police said. Once inside, the suspect attacked the woman, then fled with her purse and iPhone.

The victim was taken to Cornell Hospital in stable condition.

Police have also released surveillance video of the suspect, taken after the first robbery, reported on Jan. 17. 

The previous six robberies in the series occurred between Jan. 17 and Jan. 24 in East Harlem, police said. In each attack, the suspect followed the victims into an elevator and assaulted them, punching them in the face and head. The suspect then forcefully took valuables like cell phones, wallets, keys and cash, before running away. 

The suspect is described as being between 25 to 35 years old, 200 to 240 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone who recognized the suspect pictured in the surveillance photo is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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