A 38-year-old man was left comatose on a New York City street on Sunday, Dec. 2, after a man savagely beat him during a robbery, said police.
The New York City Police Department posted a video of the incident, showing the suspect in a reddish-orange coat repeatedly striking the man, who appears to weigh at least 100 pounds more than the suspect.
Up to a $2,500 reward is being offered for information about the suspect that could lead to an arrest, said the NYPD.
In the video, the assailant and the victim speak to each other before the suspect suddenly punched the man in the face. After a brief struggle, the victim fell to the ground and the attacker punched and kicked him in the face and head.
At one point, the attacker appeared to remove headphones and other items. Then, he kicked the victim repeatedly before leaving.
The footage captured the suspect returning to the scene, getting his hat before kicking the man one last time.
The incident unfolded in the Bronx’s University Heights neighborhood just after 3 a.m.
Basheer Alabdi, a deli worker, said the victim, who was not identified, was drunk and had lost his wallet, reported the New York Daily News.
“His friends in a van just dropped him off. He’d come from a party and he was drunk. He was talking [expletive] to everybody,” Alabdi said, describing what had happened before the incident took place.
After the attack, Alabdi lamented that passersby did nothing to help the victim.
“Nobody did anything. He lay there for about 10 minutes,” Alabdi told the paper. “I was the one who called the cops.”
The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition with head and neck trauma, the Daily News reported, adding that he was in a coma as of Dec. 3.
The attacker is 5 foot 7 and 160 pounds. He was seen wearing a reddish-orange coat with fur lining, a gray baseball cap, and white sneakers.
Those with information about the attack are being urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Other details about the attack are not clear.
The full video, without censorship, can be viewed below (Warning: Highly disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised):
Violent Crime Down in 2018
The FBI says that in 2017 violent crime had dropped by 0.2 percent, according to a release, but aggravated and rape offenses increased by a respective 1.0 percent and 2.5 percent. The murder rate dropped by 0.7 percent, the agency said.
“In 2017, there were an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes. The estimated number of robbery offenses decreased 4.0 percent, and the estimated number of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses decreased 0.7 percent when compared with estimates from 2016. The estimated volume of aggravated assault and rape (revised definition) offenses increased 1.0 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively,” said the FBI.
The agency added: “By violent crime offense, the arrest rate for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter was 3.8 per 100,000 inhabitants; rape (aggregate total using the revised and legacy definition), 7.2; robbery, 29.3; and aggravated assault, 120.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Meanwhile, the FBI said that there are now 670,279 sworn officers and 286,662 civilian officers in the U.S, which is a rate of 3.4 employees per 1,000 inhabitants.