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Parolee arrested in taped elevator mugging

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  • NEW: New York police say parolee Cornelius Abson confessed during questioning
  • Abson, 36, has 11 prior arrests, released from prison in May, official says
  • Surveillance video shows a man attacking elderly woman on elevator
  • Woman robbed of $900 after being placed in chokehold
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Police arrested a man they say confessed to mugging an elderly woman in an elevator last week -- an attack that was caught on surveillance video.

An elderly victim struggles against her attacker's chokehold in a surveillance video released by police.

Cornelius Abson, 36, confessed during police questioning to that attack and another strong-arm robbery, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Thursday.

Abson was on parole after being conditionally released from prison in May, Kelly said.

He is a repeat felon with 11 prior arrests and has been convicted of similar crimes in the past, the commissioner added.

The attack took place August 14 in the elevator of an apartment building in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights neighborhood. Video Watch the elderly victim struggle »

Surveillance video released by the New York Police Department shows 85-year-old Lillian France in the elevator with a suspect.


When France attempted to leave the elevator, the man put her in a chokehold. She struggled to free herself from his grip but collapsed to the floor.

The mugger stole $900, grabbed the woman's cane and ran out of the building.

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