TREMONT, Bronx – Police identified a suspect wanted in connection with the robbery of an 86-year-old woman who was sitting in a wheelchair outside her Bronx apartment during the theft.
Adrianne Terry, 37, is being sought by the NYPD after she allegedly grabbed victim Bernice Starnes' pocketbook on Marimion Avenue Sunday afternoon, police said.
Starnes, who enjoys being outside and saying good morning to kids on their way to school, told PIX11 about her ordeal.
"She came up to me and I said good morning," Starnes recalled. "She said, 'oh it is a good morning,' then grabbed my pocketbook and started to run."
Starnes, a former high school track star, tried to push herself out of her wheelchair to chase the woman, but became too exhausted and had to sit back down.
She broke out into tears explaining how she felt so helpless in the situation, because of her age.
"I couldn't catch her," Starnes said. "I wanted to catch her and beat the sh*t out of her."
The pocketbook contained money and a bank card. Surveillance video purportedly shows Terry snatching it away from Starnes.
On Monday, as Starnes sat outside, she received a surprise visit from NYPD officers out of the 48th precinct.
The officers pooled their own money together, and donated the stolen money back to Starnes, who was reduced to tears.
"God bless them and keep them safe," she said.
The NYPD released a photo of Terry in hopes the public can help police catch her.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
PIX11's Dan Mannarino contributed to this report.