Exclusive: Victim's relative speaks out after suspect ID'd in rape of 82-year-old woman in Coney Island

CONEY ISLAND (WABC) -- The manhunt continues for a man who allegedly raped an 82-year-old woman inside her own Brooklyn home, and police believe they know the suspect's identity.

Police say 18-year-old Asa Robert hid in the house in Coney Island, then attacked and raped her before stealing some items and fleeing the scene.

Now, one of the victim's family members is speaking out exclusively to Eyewitness News.

"He would kill her," he said. "She treated him like a grandson, and then he raped her right before he left. He's an animal and need to be taken off the streets."

Exclusive surveillance video obtained by Eyewitness News shows the man police say is Robert casually walking towards the victim's house Monday morning, just after 1:30 a.m. It appears he's talking on a cell phone.

He then lurked outside of her, slipped inside and hid for more than an hour. The victim, who was out front sweeping the sidewalk, had no idea.

But once the mother of two came into her apartment, police say Robert attacked her.

The family member, who didn't want to be identified, said his loved one is traumatized, her neck and throat covered with bruises.

"He took an 82-year-old, 95-pound woman and held her by her neck," he said. "And slammed her into the ceiling and dragged her by her hair, threw her into a wall and broke the clock like an animal."

That clock stopped working just after 4:30 a.m., showing just how long the terrifying incident lasted.

The victim couldn't fight back after breaking her wrist recently, her arm still in a cast. She also can't hear well, and so Robert allegedly used a notepad to write down his demands, which included an order not to call police.

In the victim's bedroom, during Robert's desperate search for money and jewelry, he ransacked her dresser and stole her pearl necklace.

And then, just before he raped her, relatives say he violated the petite senior in yet another way, opening and scattering her late husband's Tefillin, which are sacred religious items used during prayer.

"He knew she was religious, eats kosher, keeps a kosher home," the relative said. "He made her swear on a Jewish bible that she wouldn't call police or he would kill her."

Robert allegedly tortured her for hours.

The victim was checked out at the hospital, and she is staying with family members.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.
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