NEW YORK – Police arrested a man Friday in the the mugging last month of a 101-year-old woman with a walker.
Jack Rhodes, 44, was arrested on charges of robbery, grand larceny, burglary and assault, police said. He was also accused of robbing an 85-year-old woman the same day, police said.
Police began questioning Rhodes after noticing he matched a photo of a person wanted for questioning in robberies of women. He was initially held on a charge of possession of a crack pipe.
There was no phone listing for Rhodes in the New York area, and police did not know whether he had a lawyer.
Among the robbery victims was 101-year-old Rose Morat, whose holdup was captured on a surveillance tape that outraged New Yorkers.
He got away with $33 and Morat's house keys. She suffered a fractured cheekbone and spent time in the hospital.
"If it's the right man, it's wonderful," Morat said Friday.
But she also cautioned she wouldn't be much help to investigators: "I can't identify him. My eyes aren't that good."
The NYPD assigned dozens of detectives to the case and showed every uniformed officer in the city the surveillance video.
"I'm not fearful at all," Morat said. "Whatever is going to happen is going to happen."
She previously declared that if she'd been just a bit younger, she'd have gone after the guy.