Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Commends Acting Brooklyn DA for Indictment of Suspect Who Targeted Older Women in Midwood

November 22, 2016

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Assembly’s Aging Committee, is commending Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez for leveling hate crime and a litany of other charges against a 27-year-old Midwood man accused of targeting three older women for robbery because of their age.

“I commend Acting D.A. Gonzalez for choosing to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law and for sending a strong message that he will do all he can to protect our seniors,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said.

The suspect, Akmaljion Abakulov, was charged with second-degree robbery as a hate crime as part of the 20-count indictment, which was announced today. The three robberies took place in the Kings Highway area between October 12 and November 1st. The investigation revealed that Abakulov singled out his older victims because he believed they were an easy mark.

“We’re fortunate that our community is home to many thousands of active and engaged seniors. Thanks to Acting D.A. Gonzalez for demonstrating his strong commitment to ensuring their safety and security on our streets,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said.