83-year-old Bronx woman attacked by suspect with 50 prior arrests

CASTLE HILL, Bronx (WABC) -- Police have identified the man they say tried to sexually assault an elderly woman in the Bronx while posing as a NYCHA repair man.

Authorities are looking for 51-year-old Gary Mallette, who they say told the woman he was going to fix a leak in her apartment.

The NYPD says the 83-year-old victim suffered broken ribs and facial injuries when the man attacked her just after noon Saturday at the Castle Hill Houses development.

Several residents say the suspect lives in the housing complex.

Authorities say he has at least 50 prior arrests and remained at large on Monday.

When she opened the door, the suspect pushed in and allegedly asked "Where's the money?"

He then struck the victim in the face several times and attempted to sexually assault her.

A family member then entered the apartment, which scared off the suspect, who did get away with her cell phone and jewelry.

Mallette is approximately 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds.

Police do not believe the victim knew her assailant.

The woman was taken to Jacobi Hospital in stable condition.

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