By Daniel Katzive
A 42-year old woman was punched repeatedly as an assailant tried to take her bag on West 79th Street late Saturday. The robbery was unsuccessful and the victim did not require medical attention, according to the police.
The NYPD circulated an email Monday evening requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect captured by video footage. According to the email, the suspect approached the victim at approximately 11:35 p.m. in the vicinity of West 79th Street and Broadway. He asked her if she had a light and then “began to punch her numerous times about the face and arm.” The suspect tried unsuccessfully to remove her bag and then fled east on 79th Street.
Police described the suspect as male, medium complexion and balding wearing a blue jacket with writing on it and a yellow shirt. They request anyone with information on the incident to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or to log onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ . All calls are strictly confidential.