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.
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.