BRIGHTON BEACH, Brooklyn – Police have identified the suspect who waited for his 82-year-old victim to go to bed before raping and robbing her early Monday.
Evidence collected at the victim's home links 18-year-old Asa Roberts, pictured below, to the heinous crime, an NYPD spokesperson told PIX11 News Wednesday, a day after investigators released surveillance video of the attacker.
According to police, Roberts crept into the victim's home while she was outside sweeping the street just before 2 a.m. Monday. The culprit went inside her bedroom where he hid until she returned. That's when, police said, he attacked her at knife-point, demanding money.
But she didn't have any money to give and Roberts allegedly stayed in her home for nearly three hours, police said. Then at about 4 a.m., he raped her, NYPD said. Roberts fled the location, stealing an umbrella and a bag of clothes on his way out, police said.
The victim was taken to a hospital for evaluation, police said.
"This is a very vicious, violent, depraved individual that we’re seeking and we need to get him off the streets very, very quickly," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
Residents in the woman's Brooklyn neighborhood say they're disgusted and outraged.
"Vigilante justice, that’s all I have to say," one Brooklyn resident said. "Unless she’s your grandmother, you have no business being around her."
Authorities said Roberts, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 160 pounds, had a previous run-in with the law in 2014, having been arrested on suspicion of robbery.
Anyone with information in regards to the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.