MOUNT EDEN, The Bronx — A man is wanted for pretending to help a woman in a Bronx building's elevator, then threatening and robbing her Friday.
"I’m scared as hell," the woman, 81, told PIX11 News. She did not identify herself over fear that the thief might find her.
The woman was with the man in the elevator of her apartment building near Grand Concourse and Marcy Place about 2:20 p.m., police said. She did not know the man at the time.
"I noticed this person walking in front of me. He turned around and pretended he was talking on the phone," the woman told PIX11 News.
The man allegedly pretended to help the woman out of the elevator. The woman said the man told her he was in the building visiting his sick sister.
When the elevator stopped, instead of helping the woman out, he turned around and physically threatened her, police said.
"He put his hand up to my face like that and said, 'Don’t say a word I want your money,'" she said, adding that he said, "You better not say a word. If you do I’ll cut you up. Just give me the money."
He ripped the woman's wallet out of her hands and took $200 in cash before fleeing the scene, according to police.
The woman had one message to her alleged thief.
"How could you do this to an older person?" she said.
The man is described as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds with a salt-and-pepper beard and a wrinkled complexion.
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Correction: The article previously stated the woman was 78. She is 81 years old.