NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The search for a suspect continues in what police called “an unprovoked attack” on an 83-year-old man in the Bronx.

Valentine Hernandez had just crossed Westchester Avenue at Fox Street Monday afternoon when police said he was sucker punched by a much younger and much larger man.

The entire incident was captured on surveillance video. Hernandez fell to the ground and lost consciousness, suffering a laceration to his forehead and fractures to his nose and face.

Miguel Santos is now desperate to speak to his elderly father, who is in critical condition in Lincoln Hospital.

“Never seen him that way. He was just there unconscious,” he said. “It seems like he’s trying to wake up but he can’t. He can’t open his eyes, can’t open his left eye at all. It’s swollen shut.”

Hernandez has lived in the Longwood section of the Bronx for decades and was walking his usual route around the neighborhood.

“If he can, goes to church five, six, seven days a week,” Santos said. “He goes every single day and he walks himself. He doesn’t have an aide.”

What has both Miguel and investigators confused is the motive behind this brutal attack.

“Everything is still here, even cash was still in his pocket,’ said Santos. “Everything is still here, credit cards.”

Police say the attacker didn’t say a word before knocking Hernandez unconscious,  leaving him in the street. He then fled eastbound on Fox Street.

The NYPD is looking for a man they say assaulted an elderly man in the Bronx on May 8, 2017. (credit: NYPD)

Residents in the area were sickened by news of the attack.

“It’s the youth today, you know, and it’s unfortunate that these things is happening,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “That’s what they do. They prey on the defenseless.”

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, about 5’9″ and 260 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a multi-colored sweater, blue jeans and yellow work boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Comments (62)
  1. hobgoblin238 says:


  2. Bill Smith says:

    Someone who does that should worry less about the law and more about the man’s family coming to find you. Where I grew up, that was the reality.

  3. Frank Cmar says:

    Dear God — Please aid and protect this wonderful elderly man, this child of yours, and his family and friends, as they endure the sufferings brought about in our sinful age. May this man’s suffering have meaning toward a better future and a better humanity, and may he be comforted in Your eternal embrace. May all people learn to be better people from this horrible attack, and may the perpetrator, and all like him, be stopped and brought to justice…

  4. Polar Bear hunting; no news here, just a Dem voter on safari . . .

  5. “Paging Mr. Kersey…..Mr. Paul Kersey….. “

  6. Jay Williams says:

    How did they know he was Hispanic? Smell like a chalupa? That’s no test. Did he say something?

  7. Mike Arvand says:

    I’ve seen the guy. Goes by the name of dinu nuffins.

  8. Don Bags says:

    Oh those vile crackers and Asians…oh wait….

  9. Probably on Deblasios release program, white people move into the Bronx, raise the property value, make the Bronx great again! The good hispanics welcome us

  10. Zar PK says:

    When I read the headline that lied by omission of the race of the attacker, I already knew the race just by reading the sadistic extremes and callousness the act required.

  11. theotherhanddude says:

    Its New York. Call it community relations, care of the mayor.

  12. Ricky Pucheu says:

    Another hate crime. I hope they catch this worthless piece of filth.

  13. When I visit ny, I always carry my gun

  14. Brien Murphy says:

    Elderly Lives Matter!

  15. tonyome says:

    A negro did it? Shocking!

    1. I’m guessing that you are severely lacking in your reading comprehension skills…

      “The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, about 5’9″ and 260 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a multi-colored sweater, blue jeans and yellow work boots.”

      1. Mike Stein says:

        Clean your glasses and look at the picture.

  16. Buzz Gentry says:

    It’s DeBlasio time!

  17. In the article a man comments about “these youth today,” but the suspect is described as being in his 30s. The knockout game is played by thugs of all ages, and yes, the suspect does look “Amish,” not Hispanic.

    1. Jim Corridan says:

      Twominds–there aren’t any whites in that area–so much for your “amish” remark

      1. Hubert Smith says:

        That was IRONY, you boob.

  18. ***What has both Miguel and investigators confused is the motive behind this brutal attack.***

    Birds gonna fly. Fish gonna swim. Chimps gonna chimpout…

    1. Hubert Smith says:

      Look ……. for reasons which are opaque to me, colored folks have a BIG problem with impulse control.

      1. tonyome says:

        I’m surprised the local gentry didn’t rush up, film it on their cell phones and start laughing.

  19. David Foster says:

    The criminals are benefiting from our more liberal law enforcement policies. Is this the town our local government wants?

  20. Wow, another knockout game by the Amish.

  21. Suspect not a Swede? Not Amish? Oh…..

  22. Work boots my ass. No one thinks this low life has a job.

    1. Harry Buskin says:

      The boots’ former owner had a job. This guy looks awfully dark for a Hispanic, and “sweater”? Looks like an old T-shirt to me.

  23. Obviously another “knockout game” that officially doesn’t exist.

    1. Hubert Smith says:

      Ya see ….. in a peculiar and twisted attempt to “manage” race. the Leftist media disguises feral activity in an laughable attempt to (somehow) “cure” the dreadful legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. However, their approach is inherently nihilistic – it can go NOWHERE. Why? Hammer away for years and, just maybe, some white people “feel” something – but they are powerless to actually DO anything. In the meantime, the feral and their sympathizers remain locked in the “Victim Jail,” unable or unwilling to address much less remedy their dysfunction. The only way forward is for the feral to jack themselves up and out of their self-made swamp.

  24. Lee Jenkins says:

    Years of liberalism is now bearing its fruits. This vermin has likely been coddled his entire life. Find him, arrest him, then execute him publicly. We need to have zero tolerance for this crap.

  25. David Grimes says:

    Just another dystopia created by democrats. Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.

  26. Jeff Ashby says:

    The family members should hunt down this maggot and take care of business.

  27. John Phelps says:

    He doesn’t look “hispanic” to me, either and the “knockout” game is a favorite among one group only.

  28. Dat not Jose’. Dat be Leroy!

  29. Does not look hispanic to me. deblassio will probably be defending the punk though.

  30. Edward Caron says:

    I prey for family members living in this cesspool…

    1. Tobias Keith says:

      Do you? Do you prey on 83 year old men walking home from church?

  31. In the Central Valley in California we shoot crooks and drug dealers. New York politicians don’t let the citizens of New York arm themselves. An Armed society is a polite society.

    1. Tobias Keith says:

      People are armed in NYC. Working folk who ride the trains at night are armed. It would be crazy not to be.

  32. And this is why we can’t live with ferals.

  33. Violence is the way of the democrats. They’ve been taught it’s OK to attack and berate others who disagree with you. Obama pushed this onto the inner communities and look at what’s happened after 8 years.

  34. Dwain Meyer says:

    Ah, life in The Big Crapple.

    1. Tony Konte says:

      Similar to life in Detoilet

  35. TK Stoke says:

    Take that POS out and just kill him. Some people just don’t deserve to be on the planet.

  36. Jerry Walton says:

    5’9″ and 260lbs? Shouldn’t be that hard to locate. He’s not exactly the size to go unnoticed.

  37. The guy in the photo is “Hispanic”??

    1. Jack Pod says:

      Looks like one of those African-Americans to me.

  38. How does that old canard go….”You can take the man out of the jungle but you can not take the jungle out of the man”?

    1. Man? What man?
      I see no man. I see only what looks like a link between a gorilla and a violent subhuman.

  39. What a coward. When people attack the disabled, the very young or the very old it is because they are cowards, and can’t face anyone their own caliber. But what goes around comes around, because Karma is a bit…

  40. just horrible.

    i hope the old guy recovers completely and they catch this dirtbag…

  41. Evan your heart is made of harder stone then that poor man’s attacker.

  42. Oh well. I can’t feel sorry for you New Yorkers. You want vibrant diversity, so live with the consequences.

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