An 86-year-old New York City woman may be up in years, but she refuses to let anyone or anything keep her down — including the thief who targeted her.
Bernice Starnes was comfortably seated in her wheelchair outside at East 179th Street and Marmion Avenue in New York City, as she would normally do on good weather days. But she was soon accosted by a woman who stole her purse.
Surveillance video shows the suspect snatching the elderly woman’s purse that apparently had $100 and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards inside. Despite having a broken hip, Starnes, driven by the adrenaline rush, attempted to give the woman a chase, but was unable to catch her.
Now, officers from the NYPD's 48th Precinct have donated $110 to the woman. She intends to put the money toward a trip to Africa, which she had been saving for.
Speaking to Ayana Harry, a PIX11 reporter, Starnes said: "She wanted to hurt me. And the b**** don't even know me."
Upon hearing this, Harry suggested that her words for the suspect were a bit harsh. However, the elderly woman had a brilliant comeback.
"Well, so what? What she did to me was even worse! I'm supposed to feel sorry for that b****? I don't,” Starnes replied.
Her neighbors have reported seeing the woman in the surveillance video panhandling near the building’s entrance.
Fortunately, within 48 hours of the incident, the woman, dressed in a bright colored shirt, was caught and charged at the Bronx Criminal Court with grand larceny and petty larceny.
Starnes, who surely isn’t feeling sorry for the woman, hopes "she'll stay there for the rest of her freakin' life."