NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police identified two suspects Thursday after a man was sucker punched and later died in Queens this past summer.
Police released photos of Mathew Smith, 42, and Elena Makarova, 39, in connection with the death of Patrick Gorman. He was sucker punched for no apparent reason just after midnight on Sunday, June 26.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Says He Will Not Resign Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations: 'I Never Touched Anyone Inappropriately'
Smith is described as 42 years old, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds. Makarova is described as 39 years old, standing 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 174 pounds.
Police this past Wednesday also released surveillance video of the assault, which happened outside the home of Gorman, 64, on the corner of Queens Boulevard and Main Street.
Gorman’s family said he had just taken a bus home after attending a Baltimore Orioles game.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine On Long Island: Doses Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Arrive, Babylon Woman Among First To Receive Shot
In the video, police said a man can be seen approaching Gorman and punching him in the head, knocking him to the ground. The man is then joined by a woman and calmly walks away as Gorman is seen struggling to get up.
Gorman was taken to Jamaica Hospital Center, where he died nine hours later after suffering a stroke and brain hemorrhage. Police said this was an accidental encounter that ended in the punch and that the victim did not know his attacker.
Gorman was beloved at the Lighthouse Guild For The Blind In Manhattan where he worked for 25 years. His colleagues and Mets friends all came to his funeral.MORE NEWS: Asbury Park Businesses Hopeful For A Successful Summer With Fewer COVID Restrictions Than 2020
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.