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Old 12-26-2018, 06:33 AM
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Elderly woman beaten, robbed on Christmas morning
By Khristina Narizhnaya, Tina Moore and Aaron Feis
December 25, 2018 | 1:46pm | Updated

An elderly Brooklyn woman was beaten in her bed Christmas morning by a home-invasion robber — who waltzed right into the NYCHA building, which residents say hasn’t had a working front door for years.

“The front-door lock is always broken,” said Lyubov Faynshteyn, 88, a tenant of Coney Island’s Haber Houses since 1997. “Anyone that wants to get it open will.”

The Russian Jewish immigrant — who survived the Siege of Leningrad in World War II and fled anti-Semitism in her homeland for America in the ’90s — got up around 7 a.m. to unlock the door of her apartment before her home-health aide arrived, as she does every day, and went back to bed.

That’s when she saw a “shadow” creeping outside her bedroom.

“I should have hid, but there is nowhere to hide” in the tiny flat, the senior said. “I only made it a few steps [toward the bedroom door] and he grabbed me.”

The crook burst into the bedroom and barked, “Where’s the money!” according to police sources.

The hulking 6-foot-4, 200-pound brute pummeled the senior with one hand as he rifled through her dresser drawers and jewelry box with the other, Faynshteyn told The Post.

“He could have killed me . . . He was enormously tall,” said Faynshteyn, whose cheekbone was fractured in the assault. “I started screaming. I started hitting him. I wasn’t thinking about anything . . . It was the self-preservation instinct.”

Faynshteyn, who lives alone, repeatedly tried to scramble away to reach her bedside personal alarm, but her attacker stayed on her.

The feisty elder finally grabbed the alarm and set it off, at first only enraging the lowlife further.

“He heard the noise, and he grabbed it from me,” said Faynshteyn. “He started hitting me in the face.”

But the creep thought better of it and dashed out of the building on West 25th Street near Surf Avenue.

It wasn’t immediately clear what, if anything, the thug actually stole during the robbery bid.

“[The alarm is] the only thing that saved her,” said Faynshteyn’s niece, Marina Fedorovsky. “Thank God she’s alive.”

“This is a nightmare,” she added. “I wouldn’t think this would happen . . . that in this country people would mistreat the elderly.”

The suspect, described by the victim as bearded and wearing all black, remained at large Tuesday night as cops culled the building’s surveillance cameras for footage.

Responders summoned to the 14th-floor apartment by the panic button rushed the senior to Coney Island Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a broken cheekbone that will likely require surgery.

But the biggest blow to her aunt, Fedorovsky said, was psychological.

“She was so brave, [but] now the stress is getting her down,” Fedorovsky said. “She’s probably going to cry the whole night.”

Faynshteyn, her face lined with bruises, blamed herself for leaving the door of her apartment unlocked, repeatedly saying, “It’s my fault.

“If my door was locked, he wouldn’t have gotten in.”

But fellow residents argued that the same could be said about the building’s front door.

One resident told The Post that tenants’ keys haven’t worked with the building’s magnetized door system since much of Coney Island was deluged with corrosive seawater during Hurricane Sandy — over six years ago.

“It could have been me,” said another resident, Anna Gatskevich, a 70-year-old retiree. “Anyone can come in. It’s horrifying.”

The door is typically kept unlocked during the day, when two NYCHA security guards watch the front door, said Fedorovsky. “But this morning, this guy was able to just get in.”

That’s because, tenants say, the guards are off duty from midnight to 8 a.m. — an hour after Faynshteyn was attacked.

The situation seemingly isn’t much better even when the guards are on-duty: A Post reporter on Tuesday repeatedly walked through the unlocked door and to the elevators without so much as a word from either of the two guards.

Because of the issue with the keys, the door is routinely left propped open with a stone, even after-hours, leaving no line of defense between apartment doors and the outside world.

“It’s scary,” said tenant Margarita Tsepenyuk, 81. “You don’t know who is coming in here. Anyone could come in here, spend the night.”

A NYCHA spokeswoman did not directly respond to questions about residents’ claims that the door hasn’t worked for over a half-decade.

“We take all assaults on our residents — especially our seniors — seriously,” she said.
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88-year-old woman punched in face during Brooklyn home invasion

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 06:09AM
CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) --
An 88-year-old woman was struck in the face during a violent and terrifying Christmas morning home invasion in Brooklyn.

Police were called to West 25th Street near Surf Avenue in Coney Island around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say the victim, Lyubov Faynshteyn, had left her front door open for a home attendant when a man pushed his way inside.

He found her in her bedroom and punched her in the head before ransacking the room in search of cash.

Faynshteyn screamed and reached for her medic alert button.

"He just hit her so badly but she was able to push that button, the panic button. She is so brave," said the woman's niece, Marina Fedorovsky.

The suspect ran out, leaving his elderly victim to wait for police.

Faynshteyn was taken to Coney Island Hospital with cuts and bruises to her face. She returned home from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, badly bruised.

Her niece says she may need surgery to repair a fractured bone in her face.

"She's very sweet person, never hurt anybody, never did anything bad," said Fedorovsky. "It cannot happen to good people."

Police describe the suspect as a black male in his 40s, with a beard and mustache; last seen wearing a black hooded sweater, a dark colored hooded jacket, beige pants, black sneakers and he was pulling a black wheeled suitcase.
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