A 74-year-old Manhattan woman was punched in the face after she confronted a group of teenagers for snatching her purse, police said.
The attack on the elderly woman happened around 7 p.m. on Thursday as she was standing on East 14th Street in the East Village, Manhattan the NYPD said.
Security video obtained by WPIX-TV shows the three teens passing the woman, one of whom grabs her purse.
As the woman turns to confront the thieves, one of them punches her, knocking her to the ground.
The NYPD said the person who grabbed the purse dropped it before all three fled the scene. No arrests have yet been made.
“Although the victim sustained bruising and swelling to her face, and cuts and scrapes to her hands, she refused medical attention,” police said.
The suspects, two males, and a female, were described by the NYPD as between 14 and 18 years old.
The 74-year-old woman told WABC-TV that she has lived in New York City since 1963 and had never experienced anything like what happened on Thursday, adding she wants the neighborhood “cleaned up.”
If you have any information that may aid in the case, you can submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), by visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or simply texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The attack comes just a day after the NYPD announced that robberies and assaults are going up in the nation’s largest city.
Last month there were 1,276 robberies reported compared to 1,226 in August 2019, a 4.1% increase. Assaults also climbed in NYC, with 2,027 last month compared to 1,987 in 2019, an increase of 2.0%.
Gun violence up 166% in August compared to the same month last year, the NYPD reported.
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