EAST NEW YORK — A 76-year-old woman was attacked in broad daylight in East New York last week, police said.
The victim was walking along Wortman Avenue at 11:35 a.m. Friday when a man ran up behind her and punched her in the head, knocking her to the sidewalk, police said.
The woman was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was treated and released, police said.
The attack was the latest in a string of seemingly random assaults in Brooklyn, which Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the NYPD was investigating to see if they are connected to a "knockout" game that has been reported across the country. Police have stepped up patrols in Crown Heights, where several similar attacks have taken place. In each case, the suspect hits the victim but flees without stealing anything.
Police released surveillance footage of the suspect in the East New York attack on Friday evening.
Police ask anyone with information to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or to log on to the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.