NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Wednesday were asking the public to help them find four suspects who attacked a woman in broad daylight in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn.
The assault happened at 12:40 p.m. this past Sunday in front of 290 Water St. in Brooklyn, police said.
The suspects came up to a 36-year-old woman, assaulted her, and ran off, police said.
Police did not provide any further details or specify how the woman was assaulted. But Gothamist reported the woman was walking her dog near her home on nearby Gold Street when one of the suspects hit her in the face and the other three attacked her from the back.
Nothing was taken from the woman, and a witness told the publication he believed he believed the assault was a “knockout” attack. But police told CBS 2 the incident was not being categorized as such an attack.
A wave of attacks, where the perpetrator attempts to knock out an unsuspecting stranger with a single blow, began in Crown Heights in October of last year. Police had previously beefed up patrols in some of the communities that have seen several incidents.
The crime scene is located in an area where industrial buildings abut luxury housing. The fashionable DUMBO district is located a few blocks away at the East River.
Police have released a surveillance video and photos in the case.
Anyone with information in the latest attack was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 247637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.
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