The ex-con busted Thursday in the videotaped choking of an 85-year-old Brooklyn woman is a four-time loser with a long rap sheet and a penchant for attacking the elderly, police said.
Multiple-mugging suspect Cornelius Abson tearily confessed to swiping $900 and a cane from frail retiree Lillian France – and then apologized for leaving her unconscious on an elevator floor, police said.
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France had little use for Abson or his mea culpa. After police came to her hospital bed with word of his arrest, she sent Abson a message: “You should be ashamed of yourself.”
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Cornelius Abson is locked up, again, on assault rap.
Abson’s cowardly attacks on senior citizens date to 1994, police said. And his arrest in the merciless Aug. 14 choking was just the latest in a life of crime that began in his teens and put him in jail four times.
“Obviously, he was looking for easy prey,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
Abson was arrested on a tip from a detective who nabbed him six years ago for two similar muggings – and recognized the cruel assailant in the security video.
A crowd outside the 77th Precinct taunted the handcuffed 36-year-old suspect.”Coward!” shouted one. “Where’s your cane?” screamed another. Police believe Abson launched his latest terror spree, targeting a dozen Brooklyn victims, just seven weeks after his May release.