A man was caught on video approaching a woman walking on a sidewalk in the Brooklyn borough of New York City and punching her in the face.
The woman, 27, works for New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson, sources told NBC NY. Johnson declined to comment.
The surveillance video shows the random sucker-punch around noon on March 9 in Crown Heights.
The woman had just crossed the street and got onto the sidewalk when the suspect, seen wearing a Yale coat, walked up to her and punched her.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) March 21, 2019
The victim crumpled to the ground and the man walked away.
The woman recovered and drove herself to a nearby hospital for treatment while the assailant fled the area.
According to WABC, the suspect was described as a black man, approximately 40 years old and 5-foot-10, with black facial hair. In addition to the coat, he was wearing a black wool hat, black jeans, and black sneakers.
Police asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1800-577-8477. People who gave information leading to an arrest would get a $2,500 reward.
Assault in Queens
The sucker-punch video emerged as another assault captured on video was highlighted by police.
The NYPD said that a 34-year-old man was punched by three assailants as he walked in the Sunnyside neighborhood of the Queens borough late on March 11.
The trio punched and kicked the victim before robbing him of his wallet, $600 in cash, an iPhone, and a pair of headphones.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 20, 2019
Police told the New York Post that the men also sprayed a 62-year-old man with silly spring in the same area two days prior before hitting him in the head and back with a belt.
“Three guys came up…yelling to me. I said, ‘What are you guys doing?’ And the other guy just punched my face,” victim Ying-Sheng Lin, 34, told the Post. “I fell down, and the other two people came out, just stepped on my face, kicked on my head. I think I passed out [for] like 10, 15 minutes,” he said, in broken English.
The thieves stole about $2,400 of cash and merchandise, including a $1,200 iPhone X, police said.
“I feel really bad,” Lin recalled. “I’m thinking about when it happened to me—I’m thinking, ‘Oh, am I gonna die right here?’ I’m thinking about my family, my girlfriend.”
Crime declined in the first half of 2018 compared to the first half of 2017, the FBI said in February. Preliminary statistics show nearly all offenses in the violent crime category declined. Robbery offenses decreased 12.5 percent, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses decreased 6.7 percent, and aggravated assault offenses declined 2 percent, the agency said. Rape, however, increased 0.6 percent.
When comparing data from the first six months of 2018 with the first six months of 2017, all property crime categories showed a decrease. Burglaries were down 12.7 percent, larceny-thefts decreased 6.3 percent, and motor vehicle thefts declined 3.3 percent. The full 2018 crime report will be released later this year.
The FBI previously said that both violent crime and property crime decreased in 2017, the last year that full statistics are available for, compared to 2016. Overall violent crime decreased 0.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, while property crime decreased 3 percent during that time, the agency said in September 2018, releasing data from the previous year.
“There were more than 1.2 million violent crimes reported to UCR nationwide in 2017. There was a 0.7 percent decrease in murders and a 4 percent decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2017. Aggravated assaults increased by 1 percent in 2017. The FBI began collecting data solely on an updated rape definition last year, and 135,755 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2017,” the FBI stated.
“The report also showed there were more than 7.7 million property crimes last year. Burglaries decreased 7.6 percent and larceny-thefts decreased by 2.2 percent. Motor vehicle thefts increased by 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017.”
The figures were compiled from more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies around the United States that submitted their crime data to the FBI.