Gun-Wielding Suspect Robs 77-Year-Old Man for $18 Inside His Own Home: NYPD

What to Know

  • A 77-year-old man was robbed for $18 inside his Bronx apartment building Monday morning, police say
  • The victim was not injured and it is unclear how the gun-wielding man was able to get by security inside the Longwood building
  • After releasing surveillance video of the suspect, police said Tuesday they arrested 21-year-old Tyler Dortch

Police say they've arrested a suspect in the gunpoint robbery of an older, disabled man walking out of an elevator in his apartment building in the Bronx Monday. 

The 77-year-old victim, who uses a cane, was approached by the robber on Monday at around 11 a.m. inside the building in the area of Southern Boulevard and Barretto Street in Longwood, according to the NYPD.

Police say the suspect followed the man into the elevator and when the doors opened, the suspect ran out in front of the victim, pointed the gun at his head and demanded his money.

The victim complied and gave the suspect $18. The suspect then fled. 

The victim was not injured in the attack, but it’s unclear how the suspect was able to dodge security inside the apartment building.

After releasing surveillance images of the suspect, police said Tuesday evening they had arrested him. He's been identified as 21-year-old Tyler Dortch, and he's facing charges of robbery, attempted assault, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon. 

It's not clear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf. 

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