UPPER WEST SIDE (PIX11) — A young woman has been targeting women nearly four times her age, threatening them with a knife and demanding their purses as they walk in an upscale Manhattan neighborhood, police said Monday.
A sketch of the attacker has been released and investigators are asking the public to help identify her.
The first attack happened about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 near West 89th Street and Riverside Drive, police said. A 72-year-old woman was walking by herself when the attacker, armed with a knife, approached her and demanded her purse. The victim handed over her bag and the attacker fled, police said.
The next attack happened about 6:40 p.m. Feb. 28 near West 8th Street and Riverside Drive. It was there was a 62-year-old woman was sitting on a bench when the culprit sat beside her, pulled out a knife and demanded money. When the victim said she had no cash and started to scream, the attacker ran away empty handed, police said.
Police are looking for a black female in her mid-20s, about 5 feet tall and 125 pounds with long black curly hair.
Anyone with information in the case is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.