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Knife-wielding robber steals woman's purse, can't get out of elevator

Elevator door closes as purse snatcher turns to leave

Surveillance video shows a knife-wielding robber signaling a 77-year-old woman to be quiet moments before he steals her purse in a Lauderdale Lakes elevator.
Surveillance video shows a knife-wielding robber signaling a 77-year-old woman to be quiet moments before he steals her purse in a Lauderdale Lakes elevator.

LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. – Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are trying to identify a man who cornered a woman in an elevator and robbed a 77-year-old woman at knifepoint.

Loraine Bain had just stepped into an elevator in Lauderdale Lakes when a man followed her inside, took out a knife and demanded her purse, BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said.

Surveillance video from the April 29 robbery shows the man's bungled attempt at making a swift getaway.

As the man turned to leave, the elevator door closed in front of him.

The video shows the man fumble with the buttons for several seconds before the door eventually opens.

Carter said he got out on the fourth floor and fled down the stairwell.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call the BSO at 954-321-4249 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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