Elderly woman beaten, robbed of $5,000 she saved for late husband's gravestone

The New York City Police Department is searching for a man they said beat an elderly woman in her Manhattan apartment before robbing her of $5,000 that she had saved up to buy her late husband's gravestone.

The victim, 88-year-old Maximina Osorio, said she was coming home from a shopping trip when the suspect grabbed her and forced his way inside her apartment.

“When I pushed the door, tried to open the door, I feel like somebody put the hand over me,” Osorio told WCBS-TV. “He kept pushing me from here to over there,” she added. “And I told him, 'don’t bother me. I’ve got asthma. My lungs are very bad.'”

Osorio said when she screamed for help, the man punched her and threw her to the ground. He then allegedly demanded money and he took off with her $5,000.

Osorio had set aside the money to buy her husband of 50 years a headstone, who died two years earlier. 

She was treated for neck and back pain at a local hospital.

The NYPD release security footage of the man they believe committed the crime. He is reportedly 5 feet, 8 inches tall, about 160 pounds, and was wearing a blue Philadelphia Flyers baseball cap at the time of the robbery. Anyone with knowledge of the case is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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