In the annals of great crime getaways, the two men who beat and robbed a 70-year-old woman at a housing project in the Bronx on Wednesday afternoon are unlikely to earn a mention.
The two robbers followed the woman into an elevator at the Baychester Houses at 1891 Schieffelin Place just after 4 p.m. and attacked her, the police said. They punched and kicked her, pushed her to the ground, and stole her wallet, which contained $149. Then they ran outside and flagged down what they thought was a livery cab, the police said.
But the three men in the Crown Victoria they hailed had other business: They were plainclothes officers responding to reports of the robbery.
When the officers asked the men for identification, one of them pulled out the victim’s wallet instead, the police said.
“Oh, I just found this,” he said as he handed it over, said Joanne Jaffe, chief of the police housing unit.The two men, identified by the police as Antoine Mitchell and Michael Jordan, both 21 and from the Bronx, were arrested after the woman identified them from the back of an ambulance.