NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police were searching Wednesday night for a woman on a bicycle who scratched a man’s face and grabbed his sunglasses during a confrontation while he was driving in Brooklyn.
CBS2’s Valerie Castro talked to the victim exclusively Wednesday.
A woman in a red shirt appears in video recorded by a car’s dashcam around 1:40 p.m. this past Friday. The driver behind the wheel said if it weren’t for the video, he would never have proof of the tirade she unleashed on him in Williamsburg last week.
“The fact that she went crazy when someone honked at her; the way she acted out,” the driver said.
The 22-year-old victim, who did not want to be identified, said he was driving down Roebling Street when the woman on the bike crossed in front of him.
After passing her with no interaction, she eventually caught up to him at a red light at South 6th Street and Wythe Avenue.
“She was going to pass the red light, so I just honked at her – I honked my horn from my car – and I just showed her that it’s a red light,” he said.
The honk got the woman’s attention. She is seen abruptly getting off the bike, throwing it down in front of the car, and storming over to the driver’s side.
“From that second on, she went violent. She went crazy. She jumped off her bike. She starting cursing,” the man said. “Literally, I’ve never in my life heard a person curse like that for like five minutes.”
The driver said the woman took a picture of his license plate before walking over to his window and grabbing his sunglasses.
“She sprung her hand in and just grabbed it off my face,” he said.
The man said the woman but the shades on her head, and eventually into her purse.
“You can say whatever you want and you can be mad and everything, but you can’t take my glasses, and you can’t touch me,” the driver said.
Police late Wednesday were searching for the woman in red. They said she is facing robbery charges.
The victim said he got the dash camera for his own security, in case he is ever involved in an accident.
He said he never imagined it would capture an incident like the one he experienced.
The victim said the woman also scratched his face when she took the sunglasses.
The suspect was described as about 25 years old with long black hair. She was last seen wearing a sleeveless red T-shirt, black shorts, a black baseball cap and eyeglasses, and was carrying a black purse and riding a black and green bicycle.
Anyone with any information on the suspect is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, of for Spanish at 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.