News Women over 60 and their purses target of uptown robber, NYPD says Police tape. Photo Credit: iStock By MELISSA KRAVITZ firstname.lastname@example.org November 23, 2015 7:28 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The NYPD is seeking a suspect responsible for a series of robberies targeting women over the age of 60 in East Harlem. On Sunday, Nov. 8, around 8 p.m., the suspect approached a 68-year-old woman on the third-floor landing of a residential apartment building on East 156th Street, put a knife to her neck and demanded her bag. He took $500 from her bag and fled. On Sunday, Nov. 15, around 3 p.m., the suspect followed a 64-year-old woman into the elevator in her apartment building on East 153rd Street. Upon exiting the elevator on the ninth floor, the suspect grabbed her and threw her to the floor. He sprayed her in the face "with an unknown liquid," according to the NYPD and "struck her numerous times with a closed fist." He then took her pocketbook, $50 in cash, a ZTE smartphone and fled. The most recent known incident occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 17, around 7:45 p.m. The suspect followed a 72-year-old woman into her apartment building on East 137th St. and rode the elevator with her to the seventh floor. As she exited, the suspect sprayed her in the face with an unknown substance and threw her to the floor. He took her purse and fled. The NYPD says officers are asking the public's assistance in locating a suspect identified as Gilrael Ruperto, described as approximately 5-feet-6 and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue Yankee baseball cap, a black waist-length jacket, blue jeans, and red sneakers. The suspect also has a tattoo on the back of his neck. Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477. By MELISSA KRAVITZ email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Major crime in NYC by boroughThere were 185,191 violent or property crimes recorded in the five boroughs of New York City in 2014 by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, a 4.7 percent decrease from 2013. The division counts violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) reported by the New York Police Department. The table below gives a breakdown by borough. Data updated June 29, 2015.Major crime in New York City Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.