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Woman, 69, sucker-punched by stranger on Upper East Side street


A 69-year-old woman was punched in the face by a stranger in yet another unprovoked Manhattan attack, police said.

The woman told police the attacker crossed Lexington Ave. near E. 83rd St. on the Upper East Side about 12:50 p.m. May 7 and punched her “for no apparent reason” before fleeing.

The victim was treated at Lenox Hill Hospital for bruises and swelling, police said.

She described the assailant as at least 10 years younger than her.

Cops released surveillance footage of the suspect Tuesday and asked the public’s help identifying him and tracking him down. He is bald and was wearing glasses, a backpack, gray hoodie, blue pants and black sneakers.

A 69-year-old woman was punched in the face by a stranger in an unprovoked Manhattan attack on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. The woman told police the attacker crossed Lexington Ave. near E. 83rd St. on the Upper East Side about 12:50 p.m. May 7 and punched her
The woman told police the suspect (pictured) crossed Lexington Ave. near E. 83rd St. on the Upper East Side about 12:50 p.m. May 7 and punched her “for no apparent reason” before fleeing. (NYPD)

Misdemeanor assaults are up 6% so far this year citywide compared to the same period last year and felony assaults are up 4%.

Last week, a homeless man was charged with punching actor Steve Buscemi in an unprovoked attack on Third Ave. near E. 27th St. in Kips Bay on May 8. Ten minutes earlier he allegedly punched another man 12 blocks south.

Anyone with information about the Upper East Side attacker is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

 

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