BROOKLYN (PIX11) — A man viciously beat a 12-year-old boy with a crutch during an unprovoked attack in Brooklyn last week, according to police and surveillance video.
The boy was walking to the train station on Caton Avenue when he was ambushed on St. Paul’s Place on Nov. 17 at around 7:40 a.m., police said. The suspect came up from behind the victim and struck him several times with the crutch while the child was in the crosswalk, the NYPD video shows.
“It’s weird how he ran across the street just to hit me,” the boy told PIX11 News.
He was terrified when the man came after him with a crutch. The boy said he was on his way to a train station to get to school last week. It was early morning; he was walking near St. Paul’s Place and St. Paul’s Court when the man ran up from behind.
“When he hit me, it took me a few seconds to process what was going on,” the boy said. “I tried to block it with this arm and ran.”
The boy suffered minor injuries to the head and was taken to urgent care in stable condition, police said.
“I’m feeling better than a few days ago when I got hit. The eye used to be swollen very much,” the boy told PIX11. “I didn’t do anything to him, so how come he has a grudge against me?“
Prior to the assault, the suspect was seen on video running down the street with the crutch in his left hand before he rushes across the street and takes several swings at the victim, who is not pictured in the footage.
The suspect then fled northbound on St. Paul’s Avenue and remained at large as of Wednesday morning. Police said the man has a medium build and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black winter hat, a black jacket with a yellow hood, blue jeans, and black sneakers.
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