Barbara Ann Davison has had bit roles in over 40 films and movies, but last night she had her most terrifying role: victim in a robbery.
According to the police, the 81-year-old actress was beaten and robbed in the lobby of her West Village apartment building—a building she has called home since 1949—reported New York 4.
Davison, who appeared in the Adam Sandler film "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" among other movies, said she was returning home from the drug store around the corner. When she reached her apartment on 13th Street and Seventh Avenue, a man followed her into the building.
He punched her several times in the head and face. Eventually, she fell onto the ground.
"I felt a really bad blow to my head," described Davison to New York 4. Then she said she "turned around, and I saw my big red bag flashing out the door and a guy attached to the other end to it."
The man had grabbed her purse and ran off, reported the police.
Luckily, neighbors heard her screams for help and ran to her. At least one of the neighbors tried to chase down the suspect.
Davison refused medical attention at the scene. She said that she was “Ok, just a little bruised.”
Later, Davison spoke to the New York Post about the attack. She wanted to use it as an opportunity to warn other elderly people to protect themselves.
“Be more careful. We are [an] easy mark. I’m short, I’m elderly, I have a cane. … I don’t want this to happen to any other seniors,” warned Davison less than a day after her attack.
“Just be careful, look out, keep your eyes open and if something happens, call out and people will come – they are New Yorkers. They will help you.”
Davison also described the incident to the New York Post with more detail than the original police report.
“It happened so fast,” recalled the actress, who has appeared in “Orange is the New Black” and “Going In Style.”
“I was coming up the stairs with the keys in my hand ready to get in the door when I felt two blows to both sides of my face close to the eyes,” she said.
The Post also noted that the attack was caught on surveillance video. In the footage, the suspect is seen repeatedly slamming his fist into Davison’s head.
“I put up my right hand to shield my face. I hurt my shoulder,” she shared.
Davison is just the latest in a string of elderly who have been attacked and robbed. The suspect was wearing all black. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
In other news, a prolific TV and film actor passed away at only 56.