NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Friday were trying to identify a man whom they found injured and unconscious on a porch in Brooklyn earlier this week.
As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported, the man’s face is now masked by breathing tubes. He was found unconscious under a blanket on the porch at 848 East 15th St. in Midwood, Brooklyn around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
He was bleeding from his head, and he had a broken collarbone and a nasal fracture, police said. He did not have any form of identification.
“I don’t recognize him at all,” said passerby Craig Sklar.
Everyone whom CBS2’s Bauman stopped on the block had a similar response.
“I can’t even tell who that is, but it looks pretty horrible,” said Joseph Sarfati.
There are surveillance cameras pointing to the porch where the man was found, but the homeowners had no interest in talking to CBS2.
When CBS2’s Bauman asked the homeowner if she knew who the man was, the homeowner replied, “I don’t know, my dear.”
Police said the man is 5 feet 3 inches tall and likely in his 40s, but there is no indication that he even lives nearby.
The block attracts plenty of unfamiliar faces. It is used as a shortcut to get to the subway, and there is a large abandoned building right at the end.
“People squat over here. You can see these abandoned houses,” a neighbor said. “So even when I come once in a while to find parking, you can see all the homeless abandoned cars here.”
Now, neighbors are both concerned for their safety and intrigued by the mystery, and they want to know who is responsible.
“That’s very scary,” said neighbor Chana Berkowitz. “I mean, whoever did that should be caught.”
Police said the man was stable late Friday at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He can now open his eyes, but is unable to speak.
Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.