Flung onto her bed, stripped and beaten by a stranger who had tricked his way into her Bronx apartment, a feisty 83-year-old woman tried to thwart a sex attack by asking him one question, she told the Daily News Monday.
“I asked him if he had a mother or a sister,” the badly bruised woman said from her bed at Jacobi Medical Center. “He didn’t answer me. I told him I had an operation on my leg,” she said.
“He didn’t care.”
“The man threw my daughter to the wall and ran away and went to the roof,” the victim said. “He took all my jewelry. He broke my ribs.”
Mallette, a career criminal, was still being sought Monday, two days after the incident at the Castle Hill Houses. He has more than 50 arrests, and has served three state prison sentences dating back to 1992, police sources said.
Cops in the 43rd Precinct, which covers Castle Hill, know him well — his past 11 arrests were within the precinct’s borders, and many of those busts happened in public housing buildings, sources said.
He knocked on the victim’s door about 12:50 p.m. Saturday. The woman said she never opens the door to strangers, but the suspect told her he was a housing worker checking on a bathroom leak. Two days before, a real worker had checked on a leak in the apartment, so the unsuspecting woman said she let the suspect in when he said the same thing.
He didn’t go to the bathroom — he went to my room and threw me onto the bed. He wanted money but I said I didn’t have money.”
The victim said she’s better now than when she first got to the hospital. But her busted ribs still hurt and her face is still bruised.
“I look ugly,” she said. “I can’t go to the supermarket like this.”
Worse, she fears Mallette will return — a legitimate fear considering residents recognized him as someone who grew up in the same building and is known for break-ins.
“He did the same thing to my next-door neighbor — she’s 92 years old,” said one resident, too worried to give his name. “He robbed her of her earrings and her jewelry. Her kids and her grandkids wanted to go after him but she was like, ‘No, forget it.’
He needs to get his b—s cut off, excuse my language,” he added. “There’s something wrong with that man.”
Mallette served time in 1992 for robbery, grand larceny and drug dealing. He returned to prison in 1994 on another robbery charge. He was last released from prison in May 2014, after serving out the remainder of a 4 1/3- to six-year prison term for a 2003 drug dealing and attempted robbery conviction.
Police ask anyone with information about his whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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