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Cops Link More NYC Elevator Robberies

Police say the man who robbed an 85-year-old woman in her West Village apartment building elevator Saturday is behind at least three other similar robberies across the city

elevator robbery pattern december 2012

Police say the man wanted in the robbery of an 85-year-old woman in a West Village apartment building elevator is behind at least three other robberies across the city in the last week. 

In each of the other incidents, the suspect also followed the female victims into their apartment building elevators and robbed them, according to police. 

On Dec. 4, a 58-year-old woman was robbed at around 8:30 p.m. in her Far Rockaway building; on Dec. 8, a 28-year-old woman was robbed at around 12:50 a.m. in her East Village building; and on Dec. 9, a 22-year-old woman robbed in her Gramercy building.

In all cases, the robber was armed with a gun and took the victim's handbag.

The 85-year-old victim in the West Village robbery Saturday said she was shaken by the incident, in which the suspect knocked her down before robbing her.

"It happened so fast that I, of course, you land there, and you're terrified," she told reporters Monday.

The victim, who said her husband is on life support, told reporters that she begged the thief not to take her wedding ring. He took it anyway, along with other valuables.

Police say the suspect in the attack at 305 West 13th St. was in his 20s to 30s, 6 feet tall and 200 to 250 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577 TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted at or by texting tips to 274637 and entering TIP577.

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