81-Year-Old Woman Bound & Gagged By Knife-Wielding Burglar Posing As Con Ed Worker


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An 81-year-old woman in Coney Island was the victim of a terrifying home invasion Sunday after opening up her home to a burglar posing as a Con Edison employee, the Daily News reports.

The octogenarian, who only speaks Russian, greeted her attacker with cookies and candy — only to end up bound and gagged in her home on Mermaid Avenue near West 24th Street, according to the Daily News.

Police arrested the suspect, Quanisha Hankerson, on Monday afternoon. The Daily News reports she was fingered in a line-up by the woman she duped the day before.

The victim’s son told the Daily News Hankerson threw the cookies and candy to the ground and barged into the home with a knife. She started following her victim around the home, grabbing “anything sparkly, anything electronic,” the son explained.

“My mother thought she was on drugs,” he reportedly said.

When the victim started to scream, Hankerson beat her, tied her up and put tape over her mouth, according to the Daily News. However, The 81-year-old woman managed to escape and ran out of the house to call police.

Hankerson also fled from the residence — with a digital camera, an iPod and gold jewelry, police told the Daily News.

Hankerson faces first-degree robbery charges. Her victim suffered hematoma on her body and is still in pain, the Daily News reports.

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  • Evan1407

    Gee. What a surprise. All the perps on this page are the same demographic!

  • Larry Litmanen

    Well i know who i am voting for.

  • Robert D

    “octogenarian” I see we’re showing off our heightened level of vocabulary. I’m reading a neighborhood news blog not a Princeton University charter news letter.

    • Emme

      Are you trying to say that the neighborhood shouldn’t be intelligent and to dumb things down?

      • Robert D

        A Pompous Ass Word (PAW) is an uncommonly understood word that is synonymous with a commonly understood one. For example, tendentious is a PAW because it could be substituted with biased with no loss of meaning.

        • Sean F

          Just out of high school, I had a job as a telemarketer for the Daily News. One of our selling points was that the DN was written with a 5th Grade vocabulary level. It didn’t help me sell a lot of papers, but the DN seemed to think it was a very important feature of their paper. It was even higher in the script than the points about their various award-winning columnists.

          Is an octogenarian someone who only eats cephaloid mollusks?