A man is in police custody after allegedly being seen on video walking up to a woman in Brooklyn and hitting her in the face — breaking her jaw in the process.
The suspect was brought in by police around 6 p.m. Tuesday, but no charges have yet been filed for the assault on the 71-year-old woman walking along New York Avenue in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens on Sept. 19.
Police released surveillance video of the suspect video walking in the opposite direction on the sidewalk before seemingly out of nowhere turning to the woman and punching her in the face, police said.
The brazen daytime attack transpired just a few blocks away from an NYPD stationhouse. Police say the man has been seen around the neighborhood prior to the incident and that he may be mentally disturbed.
The victim was knocked to the ground and left unconscious, cops said, as the man kept on walking calmly away. The woman was hospitalized in serious but stable condition with a broken jaw and cuts to her mouth that required stitches.
Please help us identify the male in the video below. Any with information please contact the 71 Detectives 718-735-0501 pic.twitter.com/wi7cldhJfp
— NYPD 71st Precinct (@NYPD71Pct) October 1, 2019