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Police: Queens Teen Beaten With Brick, Critically Injured

Surveillance image of a suspect wanted in an attack of a teenage girl in Queens on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 (credit: NYPD)

Surveillance image of a suspect wanted in an attack of a teenage girl in Queens on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police are trying to identify a suspect who they said attacked a 16-year-old girl, leaving her in critical condition.

The two were walking in an alley near 43rd Street in Astoria, Queens, around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday when the suspect attacked her, police said.

Surveillance video of the suspect shows him running from the scene and dropping what appears to be a brick he used in the attack.

Watch the video below:

The girl was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital with severe head injuries. She is listed in critical but stable condition, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported.

Alleyway where brick attack occurred. (Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Alleyway where brick attack occurred. (Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

It wasn’t immediately known if the two knew each other.

“This is a vicious attack – whether they knew each other or didn’t know each other,” Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. told Slattery. “Really no excuse for this. This guy is an animal. And luckily we have this videotape.”

Police said the suspect is a black male in his 20s and is about 6-feet-tall. He was wearing a dark jacket, white t-shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers and dark gloves.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls will be kept confidential.

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