A 67-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint in Central Park in broad daylight this week — “500 feet” from Andrea Catsimatidis, the billionaire supermarket heiress tweeted.
Catsimatidis, the Manhattan Republican Party chair, said the stick-up on Tuesday around 3:40 p.m. left her feeling “scared” — and concerned for her own safety in the Big Apple.
“Alerts keep popping up on my phone of violent crimes happening feet away from me and I keep thinking that I’m getting lucky, and it’s only a matter of time until it happens to me,” she said in a text message to The Post. “This never used to happen, this is not the NYC I grew up in.”
The daughter of Gristedes grocery chain titan John Catsimatidis said she got a Citizen app notification about the robbery, though she didn’t witness it firsthand.
The victim was walking near Swan Lake, at Central Park South and Center Drive on the Upper West Side when a man on a bike approached and said, “I need to take your purse,” before flashing a black handgun, according to police.
“Can I at least keep my phone?” the victim pleaded.
But the armed suspect allegedly refused and said, “No, I need your purse right now.”
She handed it over, and the suspect took off, cops said.
The cell phone was later found nearby on the ground.
“I’m finally back in NYC and someone was just robbed at gunpoint 500 feet from me. What a nice welcome home!” Catsimatidis tweeted Tuesday to her 35,000 followers.
Cops said the suspect is around 5-foot-6, 150 pounds and in his 20s.
He is being eyed in another robbery at gunpoint from last Friday inside the park by East 72nd Street and East Drive, police said.
The 55-year-old victim arrived at the park around 8:45 a.m. when the suspect sitting near the entrance asked him for $5, the sources said.
The victim took some cash out of his pocket, but said he didn’t have $5 and walked away to do a workout, the sources said.
As he exercised, he saw the suspect, who was on a bike, looking at him — so he walked to a bench near the exit at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue to get away, according to the sources.
Then, the same man approached and allegedly demanded, “Give me all your f–king money.”
The victim handed over $1,000 and the robber fled, the sources said.