Cops search for Manhattan brute who sucker-punched senior in random attack

man in blue shirt, black pants wearing backpack wanted for assault in Manhattan
Police photo of the suspect wanted for assaulting a senior in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Police in Manhattan released images of a suspect who allegedly sucker-punched a senior citizen earlier this week. 

According to law enforcement sources, the 66-year-old victim was talking on his phone while walking in front of 369 3rd Ave. in Murray Hill at around 11:48 a.m. on May 8 when the suspect approached the victim.

Without saying a word, police said, the brute delivered a violent blow to the senior’s face — causing a wound so bad that the victim bled from his left eye. Police said the assault was unprovoked, and the victim and suspect did not know each other. 

The perp had fled the scene shortly before officers from the 13th Precinct arrived. 

EMS was on site and rushed the injured man — who also suffered bruising and swelling on his face and around the eye — to NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue in stable condition.

Police describe the suspect as a male with a dark complexion, wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, blue T-shirt, black pants and white sneakers. He was also carrying a book bag. 

So far no arrests have been made, and the investigation remains ongoing. 

Anyone with information regarding the assault can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (formerly Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.