WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 92-year-old woman was ruthlessly knocked to the ground in broad daylight in a seemingly random attack in Manhattan last week.
- The attacker suddenly struck the elderly victim in the head with his left hand, causing the woman to drop hard to the ground and hit her on a nearby fire hydrant.
- The attack appears similar to a 2017 trend called the “knockout game,” which involves random attacks against a stranger on the street.
A man knocked down a 92-year-old woman to the ground in broad daylight in a seemingly random attack in Manhattan last week.
The attack happened at about 3:30 p.m. Friday. The elderly victim was walking with a pushcart along Third Avenue near East 16th Street in the Gramercy Park neighborhood when she was ruthlessly hit in the head.
The footage of the incident has since circulated online:
In the video, the attacker approached from the opposite direction. As he was about to pass by the woman, he suddenly struck the elderly victim in the head with his left hand. The woman dropped hard to the ground and hit her head on the nearby fire hydrant.
The assailant casually walked away as if nothing happened, and only looked back at his victim for a moment.
At least one witness was present during the attack. The man that was walking behind the attacker stopped in his tracks, apparently in disbelief, as the woman collapses.
The victim is currently recovering from the injuries she sustained.
The attacker was still on the loose as of Monday night, according to sources.
Some viewers pointed out its similarity to a 2017 trend called the “knockout game,” in which an assailant or group of assailants attacks a random stranger on the street.
Several of the attackers involved in those incidents were arrested on hate-crime charges.
The attacker’s motive for the assault is still unclear.
Source: New York Post