Dec. 18, 2014 By Christian Murray
A 59-year Manhattan man pleaded guilty today in connection with two home invasions—including one that involved a 97-year-old Sunnyside woman.
Salvador Morales, from 158th Street, would follow older women home, gain access to their apartment and then rob them.
“One’s home is their castle and should be a place of refuge and safety, not a crime scene,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A Brown. “In robbing his victims inside their homes, the defendant stole more than just money and personal property, he stole his victims’ security.”
Morales will be sentenced to 11-years prison, Brown said.
The 97-year old Sunnyside woman was targeted by Morales on April 19, 2014, when he followed her into her apartment building.
Morales, who was wearing a surgical mask, rode up the elevator with the woman and then a short time later knocked on her door claiming he had been sent by the landlord to check for leaks.
Morales then ran the water in her kitchen.
He then asked the victim for change for $100 and the 97-year-old produced an envelope containing cash.
Morales then splashed water on the woman’s hands and convinced her to remove her rings in order not to damage them.
He then fled the apartment with the woman’s rings and the envelope containing more than $700 in cash.
In Flushing, Morales followed two senior citizens home after they left a nearby bank on April 5. As the two women were entering their apartment, he pushed both of them to the floor. He then fled with one woman’s pocketbook contained more than $1000.
The other woman sustained a fractured leg as a result of the push and was taken to hospital.