NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two suspects were held on bond Friday in the violent beating of a 75-year-old man in the West Village this week.
Deangelo Coleman, 20, is charged with assault in the attack on Ahmad Ahmad, 75, in front of the Salvation Army executive offices on West 14th Street Wednesday afternoon.
Brianna Crusade, 19, is accused of being Coleman’s lookout.
Bail was denied for Coleman and was set at $50,000 for Crusade, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
The attack happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday as the victim was walking on West 14th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues outside of the Salvation Army’s executive offices.
Police said the male suspect punched the victim in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground before kicking his face.
Police said the assailants just walked away, heading east on 14th Street, police said.
Victim Ahmad spoke to CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez earlier Thursday.
“I didn’t see him because I’m walking. He hit me from my back,” Ahmad said. “I didn’t know who. I didn’t see him.”
Ahmad, a retired seaman, said he was heading to the subway to go home after a day of shopping at the time of the attack. He said he never had any interaction with the suspects.
A gash on the back of his head had to be stapled shut.
“I’m going to tell him — what do you need from me? I didn’t have anything…. I didn’t know you. You didn’t know me. What do you need?” Ahmad said.
The suspects did not rob Ahmad or take anything from him. He said he will not live in fear, and will go on taking the walks he has long enjoyed.