One-man army in Midtown battered and beat three people in street assault: cops

Suspect in brutal Midtown street beating
The suspect in a brutal Midtown street assault on three people in February 2024.
Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police in Midtown need the public’s help in finding a man who beat up three people in a violent incident earlier this year.

The NYPD released on Saturday night images of the one-man army behind the brazen attack, which occurred at about 2:15 a.m. on Feb. 18 in the area of West 38th Street and 8th Avenue.

According to law enforcement sources, the suspect arrived at the scene and engaged the three victims in a verbal dispute. Within seconds, he went on the attack, punching all three of them about the face and body — and knocking one of his targets unconscious in the process.

Following the assault, police reported, the suspect fled and was last seen entering the La Quinta Suites, at 333 West 38th St.

In his wake, cops said, he left behind three battered and bruised victims: a 30-year-old man with a fractured nose, several chipped teeth and abrasions to his face and head; a 31-year-old man who suffered a lip laceration and swelling to his eye, lip and face; and a 29-year-old woman who had briefly lost consciousness during the assault.

All three sought treatment via private means for their injuries, and the incident was later reported to the Midtown South Precinct.

The heavy-set assailant, meanwhile, was captured two separate times by security cameras wearing two different sweatshirts. He had long braided hair and a goatee.

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.