NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 79-year-old man preaching from the Bible on a subway was left beaten and bloodied by a woman who allegedly attacked him with a high heel shoe.

The violent attack was captured on video by riders on board a southbound 2-train nearing Times Square on Oct. 24.

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Police sources tell CBS2 the unidentified woman walked up and confronted the elderly rider, began to scream and curse at the man, and then took her spiked stiletto heel and assaulted the 79-year-old.

The attack was so brutal it left the man with a gash in his head that took 30 stitches to close the wound. The 79-year-old man was left a bloody mess as fellow riders sat and watched the attack.

“He didn’t say anything to hurt anyone, he wasn’t even loud, you could barely hear him talk but this is what he got in return,” said Instagram user @f.u.n.m.i.k.e, who recorded the vicious assault and injuries suffered by the 79-year-old.

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😡😡😡 What a world we live in that some people see preaching the word of God as a threat to their lives.. This old man right here was just singing some gospel songs and sharing the word of God to people on the train, he didn’t say anything to hurt anyone, he wasn’t even loud, you could barely hear him talk but this is what he got in return from a transgendered Lady. Who hit him on the head with her heels 👠,threw his Bible away and no one didn't do anything to help but to look at this old man bleed. It's just so annoying because this old man was far away from Her….‍…..I was just so mad and I felt I needed to do something to help him because he was bleeding too much. He’s just an old man……. he doesn’t deserve this …Justice is needed. Please tag the right people who needs to see this ….🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼this old man needs justice because the lady got away 😡😡😡😡😡😡 see the next post to see how terrified this old man was 😢😢😢😢 🙏🏼🙏🏼 @abcnews @abcworldnewstonight @instablog9ja @tundeedut_news @cnn @theellenshow @frankrichboy @iamsteveharveytv @news12bx @train @tundeednut @officiallindaikeji @nytimes @@nypd @nypost @sonniebaduuk @tonyrapu @bishopjakes @shaunking #bekindbyellen #justice #mta #kindness #gospeltruth #newyork #newyorkcity #steveharvey #funmike #wordoftheday#tundeednut #instablog #newyorkcity #yabaleftonline

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The woman reportedly fled the subway after bloodying her victim and police are still looking for the attacker.

The injured rider was taken to NYU Hospital for treatment and later released.

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Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637.