VIDEO: Bandit with knife follows, then robs elderly woman in Ridgewood

Detectives are seeking a man who robbed a 76-year-old woman at knifepoint on Centre Street off Cypress Avenue in Ridgewood on Wednesday.
Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man who followed a 76-year-old woman to the front door of her Ridgewood apartment then robbed her at knifepoint on Wednesday afternoon.

The robbery occurred at about 5 p.m. on Centre Street off Cypress Avenue, according to reports.

Authorities said the perpetrator followed the woman as she entered the apartment house and opened the door to her residence. There, according to police, he approached her from behind, held a knife to her neck and demanded cash.

The woman provided the bandit with a sum of cash, but police said that wasn’t good enough for the crook, who then forced his way inside the victim’s apartment and removed additional cash from a bedroom drawer. Moments later, he fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the incident; the woman was not injured.

Detectives from the Queens Robbery Squad obtained and later released security video of the suspect, as shown below.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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