Two daytime robberies in Hoboken homes

HOBOKEN – Two elderly females were robbed in Hoboken on April 11 and April 12 in separate incidents in their own homes, according to police. Cops say that one robber used a knife in the robbery of a 61-year-old woman. They also say they are looking for separate robbers.
An 85-year-old woman was “startled” when she saw an unknown male enter her unlocked Bloomfield Street apartment at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday, according to police. Cops say the intruder told the woman he was “looking for a job,” but then ripped two gold chains with pendants from her neck, and also took off with the victim’s cell phone, cordless phone, and some cash.
Police describe the man as a clean shaven Hispanic male, early to mid 20s, approximately 5 feet 7 inches, and weighs approximately 170 pounds.
Then, on Tuesday, April 12, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a 61-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint in her apartment, according to police.
Cops say the woman returned to her uptown apartment after throwing garbage out, and on her way back was grabbed from behind and pushed inside her apartment. The man then pointed a knife at the woman’s face and demanded her money and jewelry, according to cops. The woman was thrown onto her bed and had a blanket thrown over her head, and the knife wielding intruder searched the apartment for cash. The woman was able to get away and call police from a neighbor’s home while the robber searched the house.
The robber fled west on 13th Street on a black mountain bike, and is described by police as a clean shaven black male, thin, in his mid 20s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, having very thick lips, and wearing a shiny black jacket, black jeans, and a black baseball hat. He also had one earring in each ear.
The release did not say where the woman lived. More information will be added if it can be obtained from police.
The Hoboken Police Department said in their release: “These brazen crimes were committed during daytime hours against older, defenseless women. It is very important that anyone with information to please contact the Hoboken Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 201-420-2110/ 2100. You can remain anonymous when providing information.Residents are reminded to always lock their doors, utilize the deadbolt, if equipped, and to be aware of their immediate surroundings. Also, never ‘buzz’ or allow unknown persons into your buildings and contact police if you notice anyone suspicious on the inside or outside,” according to the statement. — Ray Smith

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