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A shocking video captured the moment an 85-year-old woman was slammed into a wall inside a Bronx apartment building after a cold-hearted thief dragged her out of an elevator by her cane and rifled through her purse.
The NYPD shared surveillance video on Monday of the robbery at the building on E. 149th St. and Morris Ave. in Mott Haven at 3:10 p.m. Sunday as the city's spiraling crime keeps sinking to new depths.
The attack came on the same day as four violent incidents were reported in various locations throughout the crime-ridden subway system, including one where a man was pushed on the tracks but managed to climb to safety.
In the attack on the elderly woman, the callous thief, who was wearing a surgical mask on his face and a hoodie to hide his identity, walked into the elevator of the complex on the first floor and road with the elderly woman up to the sixth floor.
He then got out when the doors opened, appeared to look down the floor's hall to make sure no residents were out of their apartments and then went back inside the elevator to steal the elderly woman’s purse.
To make her let go of her meager possession, the thief pulled the victim by her cane into the hallway wall, knocking her to the ground.
The unidentified elderly woman was taken to Lincoln Hospital with neck pain, police said.
The cold-hearted thief, whose was wearing a surgical mask and a hoodie to hide his identity, walked into the elevator of the complex on the first floor and road with an 85-year-old woman up to the sixth floor before dragging her out of the lift by her cane and stealing her purse
The thief can later be seen reentering the elevator after the incident, with an unclear amount of cash in hand
The unidentified robber was caught on camera and a street picture of him without his face mask was also taken
Later in the day, the thief was seen entering the elevator again with a stack of cash in his hand, believed to be from the purse. The amount of money he stole is unclear.
The attack came as robberies increased by almost five percent in 2021 compared with last year. There were 13,308 incidents this year, compared with 12,715 in 2020.
The NYPD told Dailymail.com that no arrests have been made.
The suspect was last seen wearing black sweatpants with a blue puffer jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
In the subway system, the first attack took place at around 2.30 a.m. Sunday in Brooklyn, where an unidentified male suspect threw a container of liquid at an MTA subway conductor on a northbound R train at the 77th Street station.
The conductor was taken to NYU Langone Hospital. No arrests have been made.
In TriBeCa, another male suspect stabbed a 29-year-old woman on a southbound C train near Chambers Street at 8am.
The man punched the victim twice in the back of the head before she pushed him back. The man then took out an unknown sharp object and stabbed her in the left abdomen and left groin, police said.
The woman was brought to Bellevue Hospital. She is in stable condition, according to the NYPD, who said the suspect fled the scene. No arrests have been made.
At 11 am, a 31-year-old Delaware man traveling in Brooklyn got off at a southbound R train at the 36th Street and Fourth Avenue station and was pushed onto the subway tracks while he was waiting for another train in an unprovoked incident.
The NYPD confirmed the victim managed to pull himself from the tracks before being brought to NYU Langone with a possible fractured wrist. The suspect fled on a southbound R train and was later arrested.
Later that night, police said a male suspect fired about four gunshots inside the East Broadway station in Lower Manhattan.
The NYPD said the suspect had gotten into a heated exchange with several other people in the station. No injuries or deaths were reported.
Police are still looking for the suspect who fled the scene.
According to the MTA, there were 40 robberies, 85 grand larcenies, and 34 felony assaults at the 472 subway stations last month compared to 52 robberies, 96 grand larcenies, and 36 felony assaults in September. There were 161 major felonies in October.
In 2021, crime statistics published by the NYPD show that nearly all types of crimes, including shootings, murders and auto grand larceny, have all nearly doubled in the Big Apple since pre-pandemic times.
As of December 27, the city's murder rate is also up by 50 percent compared to 2019.
There have been 1,470 shootings, 443 murders and 9,595 cases of auto grand larceny, according to the latest data for the year.
Crime statistics published by the NYPD show shootings, murders and auto grand larceny have all nearly doubled in the Big Apple since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As of Dec 19, the city's murder rate is up by 2.7 percent compared to the same period in 2020