A Brooklyn prosecutor who has put hundreds of muggers behind bars was robbed herself in the subway on Labor Day near a closed token booth, the New York Daily News reports. “She was very afraid. The attacker was very strong. It kept flashing in her mind that she had handled tons of cases like this, now she was a victim herself,” said spokesman Jerry Schmetterer of the Brooklyn district attorney’s office.
The News said that Assistant District Attorney Sara Littman, 28, was on her way to office at about 4 p.m. a “hulking man grabbed her and hurled her against a wall,” brandished a knife and demanded her wallet. When she handed it over, he shoved her down a small flight of stairs near the unstaffed booth and fled.
The token booth near where Littman was attacked was one of 45 part-time booths closed in mid-August – a cost-cutting measure criticized as making the subway system more inconvenient and unsafe. “Booth clerks are the eyes and ears of the subway,” said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign. “Crime breeds in dark corners and deserted streets and empty subway stations.”