FIELDSTON — A man jogging through Van Cortlandt Park was attacked by two men who distracted him before punching him in the face, police said.
The 29-year-old victim was jogging through the park along the Putnam Trail around 7:15 p.m. on March 22 when he encountered the two suspects, according to the NYPD.
One distracted the victim, while the other punched him in the right side of his face with an unknown object, causing a severe cut on his right cheek, police said.
Both suspects then fled north on the trail, according to the NYPD.
Police are still investigating the assault but said it does not appear that the two suspects knew their victim.
Officers described the suspect who distracted the victim as a man between 20 and 30 years old who was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweater.
The suspect who punched the victim was described as a man between 20 and 30 years old with a small afro and slim build and standing between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-2. He was last seen in a red hooded sweater, according to authorities.
Anyone with information about this assault is asked to call the NYPD's crime stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.