NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police Tuesday night were looking for two men who they say attacked a 72-year-old man as he walked home from a deli in the West Village.
As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, investigators said the incident occurred on Jane Street near Washington street around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
One of the suspects was caught on surveillance video punching the victim in the face before crossing the street and taking off with another man, police said.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with lacerations to his head and face. He spoke to CBS 2 on the phone from his hospital bed Tuesday night.
“I don’t understand it,” the man said. “I mean, I can’t even imagine that people consider this a success or a victory of some kind,” he said.
Neighbors are stunned and angered.
“It looks like that whole ‘knockout game’ is still going on unfortunately,” said Steve Leghart, who works in the West Village.
“That’s scary,” said West Village resident Mary Jane McDonald. “There’s normally a lot of people around this block, so I’m surprised that it happened in broad daylight.”