Elderly woman punched, robbed inside Manhattan apartment building

GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan – Police are looking for a man who brutally robbed an elderly woman Friday evening.

 The man allegedly followed an 81-year-old Barbara Davison as she walking into her building on West 13 Street and 7th Avenue when he attacked her, police said.

“I’m usually very careful, but I wasn’t looking behind me and I was struggling with my keys,” said Davidson.

As Davison opened the door to the building’s lobby, the man punched her several times to her head and face, causing her to fall to the ground, said police.

“I was putting my key in the door when I felt a blow...two blows on my head and I shouted help,” she said.

The man grabbed her handbag and fled the scene.

Davison suffered bumps and bruises on her face, but refused medical attention.

The victim had a few words for her attacker.

“I’m very sorry that you feel like your life is in such a state that you feel like you have to do this kind of thing,” she said.

Davidson has no malice towards him, but does want her things back.

“We have to watch out for ourselves especially those who are older, women who are older,” she said. "Thank God there wasn't a knife or a gun."

The individual is described as a black male and was last seen wearing all black.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).