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Brooklyn woman, 72, speaks out after being beaten, robbed at gunpoint

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BROOKLYN -- One week has passed since a Brooklyn woman came face-to-face with the man who held her up at gunpoint.

The victim is 72 years old and asked PIX11 not to use her name. She is still shaken and visibly bruised from the encounter.

She describes her injuries to PIX11 with her frail hands. She says her nose was banged up and swollen. Her lip swelled so badly she could hardly speak. Her left eye almost swelled shut.

Police say the suspect came up from behind her, knocked her to the ground, hit her with a closed fist over and over again and held her up at gunpoint.

"I saw him at Apple Bank and then he beat me," she said.

The victim believes she was followed from an Apple Bank located along Kings Highway. She says she heard about a number of elderly New Yorkers getting robbed and beaten up around the city recently, but never imagined she could become the next number in a crime statistic.

The neighborhood she lives in, Gravesend, is quiet and quaint and never one she ever worried about.

The suspect, police say, tossed the victim's purse after he got what he needed. He got away with about $200, credit cards and an ID but failed to open an inside zipper in the victim's purse where she had $5,000.

If you recognize the suspect or have any information that can help police, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-577-TIPS.