Worker stares death in face to pro­tect purse

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ATERRIFIED of­fice worker bat­tled with a cow­ardly rob­ber who stuck a gun in her face as she fought to hang onto her purse dur­ing a brazen heist.

Her valiant strug­gle was caught on se­cu­rity cam­eras at Ken Mar­ble Inc., an im­porter of cos­met­ics and toi­letries near the Navy Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Wav­ing a sil­ver pis­tol and bel­low­ing blood-chill­ing threats, the thug burst into the em­ployee’s work cu­bi­cal and grabbed at the purse.

De­spite her ter­ror, she bravely fought to hang onto her bag, but the burly, six­foot mid-20s hood­lum was too strong and ripped it from her grip.

As he turned, she lunged af­ter him, but he turned and pointed the re­volver at the li­on­hearted lady, forc­ing her to shrink back.

The snarling thug then flashed his pis­tol and fled with her bag, which con­tained her iPhone and $800.

The gutsy gal’s son says she was in shock from the hor­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent, but calmed down af­ter talk­ing to cops.

“She’s OK,” her son re­veals. “It was kind of a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s weird that some­thing like that would hap­pen.”

The woman and witnesses de­scribe the crook as about 25 years old and weight­ing 200 pounds. Cops say the Dec. 16 rob­bery was the 92nd in that area for the year so far.

The shaken woman was re­cov­er­ing from the scare, but was un­sure if she wanted to go back to work un­til her at­tacker is cap­tured.

“Any per­son in that sit­u­a­tion would have those nerves,” the son says. “Of course you’d want the bad guy to get caught.”

The crook, who hasn’t been ar­rested yet, held up Ken Mar­ble Inc., in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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