Man being questioned in brutal beating death of 68-year-old

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Ruan Wen Hui (inset) was beaten to death by an attacker in the East Village on May 9, 2014. The 68-year-old was walking along Sixth Street when he was approached from behind by an assailant who left him mortally wounded on the sidewalk. (Photo: Family/NYPD)

NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – Police are questioning a man Tuesday in connection with the brutal beating death of a 68-year-old attacked on a sidewalk in the East Village, police told PIX11 News.

Ruan Wen Hui was walking alone about 9 p.m. May 9 in the 700 block of East Sixth Street when his attacker came up behind him. Surveillance footage of the attack suggests the assailant said something to Wen Hui, but the victim’s family said he does not speak English.

The 68-year-old tries to get away from the attacker who then throws Wen Hui against a wall, punches him once and kicks him as least three times before calming walking away, leaving the grandfather mortally wounded on the sidewalk.

For some six minutes, Wen Hui laid on the sidewalk as pedestrians passed by, apparently not doing anything, though it’s possible they called police out of view of the camera.

Police arrived and rushed the victim to a hospital where he died the next day.

Wen Hui’s daughter made a public plea this week, begging for her father’s killer to turn himself in.

“My father was a good man. He always helped people,” she told PIX11.

Investigators had said they suspected a 19-year-old to have committed the attack, adding that they pinpointed where the teen lived and were approaching a break in the case.

Officials would not say Tuesday the name of the person being questioned.

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Police released these surveillance images of an attacker who beat a 68-year-old man to death on an East Village sidewalk. (Photo: NYPD)

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