Man convicted of raping and robbing 82-year-old woman in Brighton Beach

A 20-year-old Brooklyn man has been convicted of raping and assaulting an 82-year-old woman inside her Brighton Beach home last year, announced Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Monday, December 12.

According to trial testimony, at around 2 a.m. on July 13, 2015, the defendant – Asa Robert – slipped inside the victim’s apartment near Brighton 11th Street when she was outside taking out the garbage. After the victim went to bed, she heard a noise and discovered Robert hiding in her bedroom, at which time the defendant choked her and forced her onto the bed.

He then held a knife to the woman’s face, demanded money and punched her in the chest, before tying her hands and later raping and sodomizing her. He then fled the residence with a bag containing some of the woman’s belongings.

The victim was treated at Kings County Medical Center, while Robert led police on a four-day chase through various homes in Brooklyn. He was eventually arrested on July 17 after being found hiding in the kitchen of another private residence.

“This defendant committed a reprehensible and terrifying assault on a vulnerable elderly woman who had the courage to face her attacker in court,” said Gonzalez. “This defendant has now been brought to justice and held accountable for his actions.”

Robert was convicted of first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act, among other charges. He will be sentenced on January 10, 2017, at which time he faces up to 122 years in prison.

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