NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police released surveillance video Tuesday of a suspect they believe spat on an NYPD traffic enforcement agent and punched him in the face near Union Square earlier this month.

The incident happened shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, June 7, police said.

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The agent was sitting in the passenger side of his marked police vehicle in front of 35 E. 13th St., when the suspect began cursing at him, police said.

The suspect then walked over to the police vehicle, tried to grab the agent’s badge, and spat on him, police said.

When the agent got out of the vehicle, the suspect punched him in the face, police said.

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The suspect then fled into a nearby club and left the club through a rear door, police said.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned male about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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