Police have released shocking footage of a diner following another restaurant patron outside before brutally beating him in a wordless attack – fracturing his skull.
The New York City Police Department has launched a probe into the attack and released a video of the attack on Friday, August 12, in the Bronx.
Police were called at 10.45pm to reports of a 52-year-old man being assaulted in front of the Fuego Tipico restaurant on 163 East 188 Street.
The victim was found unconscious and unresponsive on the ground after the unprovoked attack with a head injury and was rushed to the hospital.
Horrifying surveillance video captures the moment the man police are hunting put on a pair of gloves and swung with great force, hitting the victim in the back of the head.
He then immediately falls to the floor, appearing to be unconscious, banging his head on the concrete after the sudden attack.
The unidentified man, wearing a black t-shirt and black pants, left the restaurant shortly after the victim, who was chatting to several other individuals.
The NYPD claim that the man ‘without prior conversation or altercation’ punched the victim in the face, before ‘returning back into the restaurant and later to parts unknown’.
Cops are now appealing for anyone with information about the identity of the man to come forward.
Police were called at 10.45pm to reports of a 52-year-old man being assaulted in front of the Fuego Tipico restaurant on 163 East 188 Street. They are now appealing for help to find a man, pictured, they believe was the attacker
Horrifying surveillance footage shows the victim, 52, crumpling to the floor as he is attacked from behind
Shortly before the attack the man positions himself behind his victim, before raining down a vicious blow in front of a group of other people outside of the restaurant
The victim suffered a skull fracture, broken cheek bone and bleeding on the brain, with EMS rushing him to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi.
He is currently in a critical but stable condition, and investigations into the brutal attack are ongoing.
A NYPD spokesman said: ‘It was reported to police that on Friday, August 12, 2022 at approximately 2245 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a male assaulted in front of the Fuego Tipico Restaurant located at 163 Eat 188 Street.
‘Upon arrival, responding officers discovered a 52-year-old male victim unconscious and unresponsive on the ground with trauma to his head.
Police were called at 10.45pm to reports of a 52-year-old man being assaulted in front of the Fuego Tipico restaurant on 163 East 188 Street in the Bronx
The victim suffered a skull fracture, broken cheek bone and bleeding on the brain, with EMS rushing him to the hospital following the incident at 10.45pm on August 12
He donned a pair of gloves before lashing out at the back of the victim’s head, causing the man to fall to the floor and bang his head on the ground
The unidentified man, wearing a black t-shirt, left the restaurant shortly after the victim, before approaching him on the sidewalk
‘Upon further investigation, the victim exited the restaurant, stopped and observed several individuals talking, at which time an unidentified individual exited the restaurant put on a pair of gloves and positioned himself behind the victim.
‘Without prior conversation or altercation, the individual punched the victim in the face before returning back into the restaurant and later to parts unknown.
‘The victim sustained a skull fracture, broken cheek bone and bleeding on his brain.
‘EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, where he is listed critical but stable condition, the investigation is ongoing.
‘The unidentified individual is described as a: Adult male, medium complexion, medium build and partially balding.
‘He was last seen wearing black pants, a black t-shirt and gloves.’
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.