CASTLE HILL, The Bronx — Christine Duren wasn’t physically harmed, but she is still traumatized after a young thief jumped her and stole her purse.
“If I could walk a little better with the little strength I have, I would have fought back,” Duren, 85, told PIX11 News. “I would have picked him up cause he’s like a child. I would have picked him up and given him a good whipping.”
The incident happened Thursday afternoon outside her building in the Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx, where she raised most of her 11 children.
Duren, who walks with a cane, described the suspect as a teenager, whom she has seen around. She said he remained in the lobby after holding the door open for her, then went outside, and yanked her handbag.
She said had she not been holding onto the railing, she would have fallen.
“Thank God I wasn’t hurt,” Duren said.
The suspect made off with $50, the contents of Duren’s bag that included important identification cards and family photos.
Duren is one of over 300 senior citizens who’ve been robbed and assaulted this year.
“I don’t like the fact that they’re picking on senior citizens, and I don’t like the fact that they’re picking on the handicapped,” Duren said.