Brute in Chinatown who bashed man with metal pipe still on the run: cops

Suspect in Chinatown metal pipe attack, and scene of crime
The suspect who beat a man with a metal pipe in front of two businesses on Baxter Street in Chinatown on Jan. 30, 2024.
Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD

Manhattan detectives need the public’s help in finding the brute in Chinatown who walloped a man with a metal pipe last month.

Police released on Sunday morning an image of the attacker sought for the assault that occurred at 3:40 a.m. on Jan. 30 in front of businesses at 83 Baxter St.

According to law enforcement sources, the perpetrator became involved in a dispute with the victim, a 36-year-old man at the location. The argument then turned violent when the suspect pulled out the metal pipe and began striking the victim about his body multiple times.

Following the vicious assault, cops said, the suspect took off on foot northbound along Baxter Street.

The incident was reported to the 5th Precinct. EMS rushed the victim to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

Police described the suspect as a man with a medium complexion and a small building, standing about 5 feet, 5 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a blue hat, a black jacket with a yellow dragon along the arm, multicolored pants, and black sneakers.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts 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 (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.