2010-04-08 / Front Page


Police Arrest Mugger In Robberies Of Old Ladies
By Charles Rogers

Multi-apartment building where muggings took place. Multi-apartment building where muggings took place. Police last weekend arrested a 25- year-old East Flatbush resident after he allegedly went on an individual mugging spree, attacking at least four female senior citizens within ten hours, taking their purses, and then allegedly batting them on the head and face with a heavy handgun. In two cases, the victims had to be taken to area hospitals.

Lanell Dowling is facing multiple charges of burglary, robbery, assault, grand larceny, criminal trespass and criminal possession of a weapon.

According to sources from the office of Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, three of the alleged attacks happened on Monday, March 29th. The first was listed by police at 7:57 p.m. on the second floor of 1114 New York Avenue. Dowling allegedly accosted the 76-year-old woman in the elevator of the building, striking her in the face with “what appeared to be” his gun and took her handbag and rings off her fingers. The woman suffered a laceration to her forehead, police said.

Apparently the attack left Dowling thirsty for more cowardly action, because, according to court records, he then went down just one floor in the same building and, seeing another elderly lady enter the elevator, followed her and, after the door closed, struck her in the face with his firearm and took her purse from her arm. Records show she was badly hurt. He then fled that building.

Dowling apparently waited until nearly 11 p.m. on the same day for his next alleged attack — at East 48th Street and Church Avenue — where he entered a building, headed for the elevator and attacked yet another elderly lady by smashing the back of her head with the heavy gun and also took her purse from under her arm. This woman sustained a laceration to the head requiring treatment at a local hospital.

After a night’s rest, the attacker allegedly did it again at 6:58 a.m. the following day but within the same building as the last. He followed a woman into the elevator and allegedly punched the woman about the head with his fists. He took out the gun to threaten her and, at his command, she gave him her purse.

A report indicated that, a short time later, an informant called police and told them a possible nickname the attacker used. Police finally connected the nickname with that of Dowling and picked him up this week. After he was viewed in a lineup, Dowling was picked out by all four victims.

Anyone who might have more information on the series of muggings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 577 TIPS. All calls will be kept strictly confidential.

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