The 53-year-old woman told 1st Precinct officers a stranger picked a fight with her on the sidewalk outside the diner Rockwell's at 105 Broad St. after 1 a.m. Saturday, asking why she damaged his vehicle.
The man walked away from the woman but then grabbed an umbrella from the ground and struck her, cutting her left cheek, she told police.
The man called 911 to report vandalism of his vehicle, but he had fled by the time police arrived, cops said.
It wasn't clear what the woman told police in response to the vandalism report.
The man accused of assaulting the woman stands 5-foot-8 and drives a tan vehicle, police said. No arrest had been made as of Tuesday.