Posted on October 24, 2017

Elderly Actress Brutally Beaten, Robbed In West Village Apartment Building

Reena Roy, CBS New York, October 21, 2017

Police are on the hunt for a robber they say targeted an elderly woman and punched her repeatedly inside her apartment building lobby.

The brutal attack was caught on surveillance video.

Police say after  a trip to the pharmacy, 81-year-old Barbara Davidson entered her building near West 13th Street and 7th Avenue Friday around 7 p.m when out of nowhere a man followed her inside.

The suspect punched Davidson repeatedly in the head and face, according to police.


“I was an easy mark. I was just about ready to put the key in the door when I felt the, really, big blow on my head,” she said.

Davidson, a working actress who has lived in the building for over 40 years, suffered bumps and bruises from the attack but is expected to be okay.


“Just be careful people, because you just don’t know,” she said. “One of the things I can say is, especially to women who are older, just kind of watch out.”


Police said the suspect was a black man wearing all black.