NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a deadly attack in the East Village.
Ruan Wen Hui, 68, was walking on East 6th Street off Avenue D around 9 p.m. Friday when he was brutally beaten, police said.
Surveillance video of the incident shows the suspect approaching Hui and yelling at him before throwing him against a wall, CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes reported. The suspect then punched and kicked Hui in the head before walking away, police said.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, a police spokesman said they believe they know the name of the suspect.
In the video, a few people pass Hui after the beating, and about six minutes go by before someone bends down in front of him, Grymes reported. Then police arrive.
Hui was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died of his injuries the next day.
Neighbors were shocked to hear about the attack.
“The guy didn’t even take money or anything. It was just stupid violence,” one man said.
“It was senseless and it was stupid. It was just wrong,” East Village resident Alicia Mair said.
Hui was a married father of three grown daughters. They said their father, a Chinese immigrant, spoke no English. The retired garment factory worker had just dropped his grandchildren off at home when he was attacked.
His youngest daughter asked not to be identified, but said that her family is in shock over Hui’s violent death.
“I couldn’t believe that this happened to my father because my father is a very good man. He always helps people and he always smiles. Everybody thinks that he’s the best person in this world,” she said.
Hui’s family begged the suspect to turn himself in.
“If you have a good heart, you should show up and you should pay for this,” the victim’s daughter said.
“It anybody knows where is this man, please come forward and tell the police. We cannot wait to put him in jail,” the victim’s daughter, Michelle Ruan, said. “We are very sad to see him go.”
Ruan told CBS 2’s John Slattery her family can’t sleep and her mother is inconsolable.
“If we talk about anything my dad, she upset, cry. She cannot believe it,” she said. “Catch this guy,and put him in jail. So no one else get hurt like my dad.”
While pictures of the attacker are not very clear, police said they are hoping someone will recognize the man and come forward, Slattery reported.
Anyone with information regarding this incident has been asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS . The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 [CRIMES] and entering TIP577.
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