Purse-snatching robber chokes 71-year-old woman in Brooklyn

Police are searching for a robber who choked a 71-year-old woman before stealing her purse in broad daylight on a Brooklyn street last week. Credit: DCPI
Police are searching for a robber who choked a 71-year-old woman before stealing her purse in broad daylight on a Brooklyn street last week.
Credit: DCPI

A robber choked a 71-year-old woman before stealing her purse in broad daylight on a Brooklyn street last week.

Police said the woman was on Macon Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 2:30 p.m. Thursday when a man approached her from behind, choked her and grabbed her purse.

The suspect, believed to be a black male in his thirties or forties, then threw the woman to the ground, causing her to hit her head.

The woman was treated for the assault at Kings County Hospital and released.

The suspect fled with the purse, which held the woman’s MetroCard, insurance card, credit card, keys and driver’s license.

The suspect was last seen wearing a blank tank top, black jeans and black sneakers.

He had a long “neat” goatee, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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