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A disturbing surveillance video released by the New York Police Department (NYPD) shows an elderly man being brutally attacked in East Harlem last month.
The 85-year-old man was attacked while walking at Lexington Avenue and East 120th Street on August 1 after 10 p.m.
The footage shows the victim slowly walking down the street with the suspect walking behind him.
The suspect is then seen wrapping his arms around the elderly man and choking him before pushing him to the ground.
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When the victim tried to fight back by kicking his leg, the suspect stole his wallet and fled.
The video shows the man struggling to get off the ground as the perpetrator leaves the scene.
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The victim reportedly suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention.
The NYPD confirmed to Fox News Digital that the investigation is ongoing.
The NYPD asks anyone with information related to this case to contact them at 800-577-TIPS.
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Although the rate of shootings and homicides in New York City dropped this August, overall crime is still on the rise. The Big Apple reported 23% more crime than in August 2021.