Police are seeking information on a man who was filmed by a passerby trying to steal a woman’s iPhone in Central Park on Friday morning
A spectator video appears to show a daylight assault in Central Park on Friday as violent crime continues to climb in New York City.
A woman with a crutch next to her and her leg in a boot can be seen in the video sitting on a bench overlooking the Harlem Meer when the assailant strikes.
Dressed in a purple hoodie and a blue Yankees cap, he steps into the 40-year-old’s iPhone.
She tries to push him back by hopping on one foot, but he hits her in the face with enough force to knock her hat off the ground, and he starts to run away with the phone.
A woman walking her dog is then seen sticking her leg out to trip him as he walks past, but to no avail.
The witness was not filmed, however, according to police, who confronted the assailant and retrieved the woman’s phone.
The woman was sitting on a bench overlooking the Harlem Meer with a crutch next to her, police said when the assailant approached her and went to get her phone.
Police did not have more details on the Good Samaritan, but the assailant was able to escape and the police are looking for information that could lead to his arrest.
He is described as in his forties, measuring around 5 feet 5 inches, weighing between 140 and 150 pounds with a slim build, fair complexion and light gray facial hair.
The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene, police said.
The two got into a fight and he can be seen punching the woman in the face before running away with the phone
A woman walking her dog tries to trip the abuser as he runs away. Although she failed, police said another passing off camera was able to confront the assailant and retrieve the woman’s phone.
Police are asking anyone with information about the perpetrator to contact the NYPD Crime Hotline at 1 (800) 577-8477.
The assault in the light of day comes as violent crime has increased in the city compared to the same time last year.
Thefts, which include assaults, have increased nearly 40% in the past month, with 1,086 recorded compared to 782 in 2020, according to NYPD crime data.
Crimes such as robberies have peaked in recent months and increased from the same period last year
Assaults are also on the rise, with 1,847 reported in recent months, up from 1,565 last year, an increase of 18%.
Murders, however, are down 34%, with 31 recorded last month compared to 47 at the same time last year.