MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — A man smashed the windshield of a car stopped in Manhattan traffic, attacked the driver and climbed onto the car, where he screamed and stomped before he cycled away, police said.
The attack was unprovoked, an NYPD spokesman said. A 23-year-old driver was stopped in traffic near East 40th Street and Fifth Avenue on Friday when the attacker used a bicycle lock to smash the front windshield and rear window of the car.
When the driver got out of his car to avoid the shattered glass, the man hit him in the head and back with the bicycle lock, police said. Then the bicycle lock-wielding man climbed onto the victim's car. He screamed and stomped on the roof and hood, jumped off and cycled away on a black and green bike.
The victim was treated and released from a nearby hospital.
"Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, it might happen to anyone," said livery driver Mostafa Amer. "You protect yourself as much as you can."
Police released surveillance footage of the man, described to have long dreads and was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater, a black jacket, black sweatpants black sneakers and a black backpack.
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Correction: This story has been updated with information regarding the livery driver. Police initially told PIX11 the victim was an Uber driver. The company said the victim is an Uber driver, but he was operating a Lyft ride at the time of the incident.