The police have arrested a suspect in the brutal attack and robbery of an 85-year-old woman in a Crown Heights elevator last week. According to the Daily News, Cornelius Abson "confessed and then apologized for choking and robbing Lillian France." But a police source adds, "He's sorry he got caught. He wasn't sorry when he was choking the lady."
It's suspected that Abson followed France from her bank on Eastern Parkway to the apartment building--she had $900 on her. He may also have attacked many other elderly Brooklyn residents, robbing them of money and other items, like a Medicaid card and a bible. Yesterday, City Council member Letitia James and Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes each added $1,000 to the reward money, which now totals $14,000. Hynes said, "If you've seen the video, then you know that this attack was gratuitous. He even grabbed her cane - it was sociopathic conduct."
France is still in the hospital. Per the Post, she suffered "internal bruising of her throat, as well as lacerations and bruises on her face."