The police are searching for the violent assailant seen swinging a baseball bat at an unsuspecting man in a senseless sidewalk attack.
Days after the Tuesday morning attack on Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem, the NYPD released the shocking video. The incident occurred around 8 a.m., according to police.
A surveillance camera captured the victim, dressed in a puffy red jacket, walking casually down the sidewalk when a black hooded man caught up to him. After briefly turning away from the victim, the suspect pulled a brightly colored baseball bat from his pants.
At that point, the video shows the perp taking a few brisk steps backwards toward the victim and swinging the orange bat at the man’s head, knocking him to the ground.
The man swinging the bat appears in the video to yell at the victim while he’s lying on the ground, suggesting he could strike him again. Continuing to yell at the victim, he starts walking away with the bat.
There were some bruises on the man’s face and a gash on his head, according to the police. The injured man was transported to a hospital in Harlem for treatment.
The motive for the attack is unclear, and police did not provide any details about any interaction the two men may have had before the violent attack.
During the last sighting of the suspect, he was wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hooded “Nike” logo and gray sweatpants. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.