By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A gun-toting mugger who was nabbed last year by Stuyvesant Town security was sentenced to 12 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision on Tuesday, after previously pleading guilty to robbery and burglary.
Freddie Keitt, a 33-year-old homeless man, was collared on December 12, 2012, after security officers saw that he fit the description of a man suspected in a string of robberies in the area. Police said that he made statements implicating himself after he was arrested.
According to police, the robbery pattern began on Tuesday, December 4 when Keitt followed a woman into the elevator of her building in Far Rockaway, Queens, and demanded her purse. When she refused, he snatched it from her and fled the scene.
Then on December 8 at 1 a.m., he followed a 28-year-old woman in Manhattan into her elevator at 121 East 12th Street and demanded her cell phone and bag. He fled the scene after the victim complied.
The next reported incident occurred later that same day around 11 p.m. when he followed an 85-year-old woman into her building at 305 West 13th Street, forcibly knocking her to the ground and grabbing her two purses, as well as a ring.
The last incident reported before Keitt was arrested occurred on December 9 at 635 East 14th Street in Stuyvesant Town. He followed a 22-year-old woman inside the building, cornering her in the elevator and demanded her handbag while threatening her with a gun. The report was for some reason initially reported by police as having taken place in Gramercy.
The Manhattan District Attorney reported that Keitt said he would just wait outside the buildings until someone would let him in, and would then rob the first person who entered. Keitt pleaded guilty to the two top charges in the indictment, which were robbery in the first degree and burglary in the first degree.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Queens D.A. said Keitt’s Rockaway case is still pending and he had a court appearance that day.