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Woman, 90, fends off would-be robber trying to steal duffel bag in Greenwich Village: NYPD

GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — A 90-year-old woman fended off a would-be robber who tried to steal her duffel bag even after she was knocked to the ground in Greenwich Village Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The woman was walking in the vicinity of Fifth Avenue and W. 12th Street at noon when the would-be robber approached her from behind and attempted to snatch her duffel bag away.

The two ensued in a tug-o-war over the duffel bag. The 90-year-old woman held on even after she was knocked to the ground, refusing to let go of her belongings, according to the police.

Eventually the would-be robber fled eastbound on E. 12th Street without the duffel bag.

The woman was taken to the hospital and treated for lacerations to her right arm and right middle finger, police said.

The would-be robber is described as a woman with a tattoo on her left arm. She was last seen wearing a black tank top, red pants, black shoes and was carrying a black purse.

The woman is the latest victim in a series of attacks on New Yorkers in their 70s, 80s and 90s. According to the NYPD, robberies of New Yorkers over 75 is up 18 percent.

In September, a man reached into a 93-year-old woman’s bra and stole her social security money. Another thief invaded a ransacked a 70-year-old man’s Bronx home.

Around the same time, 86-year-old Bernice Starnes was also robbed while she was sitting in her wheelchair outside her Bronx apartment. The thief was eventually caught, but Starnes told PIX11 News she had only one hope for her the suspect.

"I hope that they beat her ass. Some of the women in prison beat her ass everyday for as long as she's in there," Starnes said.

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