New York Daily News
In an unprovoked caught-on-video attack, an assailant stepped out of a Bronx restaurant, slipped on a pair of gloves and fractured a man’s skull with a single punch that knocked the victim out cold, police said Wednesday.
The 52-year-old victim has bleeding on his brain and is in a medically-induced coma, cops said. His attacker has not been caught.
The victim had just stepped out of Fuego Tipico, a restaurant on E. 188th St. near the Grand Concourse, and was talking to a group of men and women when he was attacked about 10:45 p.m. Friday, cops said.
The assailant put on what appears to be work gloves, came up behind and leveled the victim with a right punch to the head, startling surveillance video released by cops shows.
As the victim lay on the ground, his attacker can be seen saying something to the group before going back into the restaurant and then leaving the scene.
The victim and his attacker had no interaction before the punch and investigators have found no indications they knew each other, police said.
Medics rushed the victim to Jacobi Medical Center, where he is in critical but stable condition.
Cops are asking the public’s help identifying the attacker and tracking him down. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.