Broward County

Broward robber ambushes woman in elevator — but door shuts in face during escape

Miami Herald Staff Report

A robber ambushes a woman in the elevator. The doors closed in his face after he took her purse.
A robber ambushes a woman in the elevator. The doors closed in his face after he took her purse. Broward Sheriff’s Office

A man with a kitchen knife robbed a senior citizen in an elevator — but he couldn’t make an immediate escape as the elevator door closed in his face.

Forced to ride with his victim, 77-year-old Lorraine Bain, the man went through her purse.

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robber who ambushed an elderly woman in an elevator, held her at knife-point and stole her purse. Security cameras captured the crime and the robber’s fai

When the doors opened on the fourth floor, he exited and made his escape down the stairs, according to surveillance video released Wednesday by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The robbery happened at 9:34 p.m. April 29 in the 3000 block of Northwest 48th Avenue in Lauderdale Lakes.

When Bain stepped into the elevator, the robber approached from behind and demanded her purse, according to BSO. She handed it over, and the door closed before he could get out quickly.

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