SUSPECT ARRESTED IN 101-YEAR-OLD
WOMAN'S MUGGING AND BEATING
April 28, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) -- She was brutally mugged in a crime that outraged New Yorkers,
but the 101-year-old victim said the attack hasn't intimidated her.
"I'm not fearful at all," Rose Morat said Friday as police made an arrest in the case.
"Whatever is going to happen is going to happen."
Jack Rhodes, 44, was arrested on charges of robbery, grand larceny, burglary and assault,
They did not have an address for Rhodes, who was also accused of robbing an 85-year-old
woman the same day Morat was attacked, police said.
"I am so sorry for what happened," Rhodes said as
he was led out of a police station, the New York Post reported Saturday.
Police began questioning Rhodes after noticing he matched a photo of a person wanted
for questioning in robberies of women in Queens. He was initially held on a charge of possession
of a crack pipe.
There was no telephone listing for Rhodes in the New
York metropolitan area, and police did not know whether he was represented by a lawyer.
"If it's the right man, it's wonderful," Morat told The Associated Press when reached
Friday by phone.
Morat's March 4 holdup was captured on a surveillance tape. It shows Morat, who was
using a walker, trying to leave her apartment building to go to church.
The mugger, who looms over her and is holding onto a bicycle, pretends to help her
get through the vestibule. Then he turns to grab Morat's head, delivers three hard punches to her face and swipes her purse.
The dazed victim tries to reach for her purse when the mugger hits her again, pushing her and her walker to the ground.
He got away with $33 and Morat's house keys. She suffered a fractured cheekbone and
spent time in the hospital.
Morat told the AP on Friday that she's feeling better, though her doctor has told her
to try to slow down.
She previously declared that if she'd been just a bit younger, she'd have gone after
The Glenridge senior center in Ridgewood, Queens,
fielded a flurry of calls after the crime and said it was bringing back self-defense courses for the elderly.
The NYPD assigned dozens of detectives to the case and showed the surveillance video
to every uniformed officer in the city.
The state Senate's Republican majority proposed tougher penalties for assaulting an
The bill, offered by Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn,
would make a felony of assaulting anyone more than 70 years old. Currently, the crime is a misdemeanor, punishable by no more
than a year in jail.**