MANHATTAN, N.Y. (PIX11) – Police are searching for a woman accused in an unprovoked attack in Chelsea on Sept. 10.

Police said the suspect walked up behind an 89-year-old man and struck him in the head with a heavy bag near 10th Avenue and West 26th Street.

The victim, who spoke to PIX11 News after the incident, said he never saw the attack coming. He was out doing his normal routine, on his way to get a newspaper and play his lottery numbers, when the assailant approached him from behind and hit him over the head.

The victim said he immediately fell to the ground and blacked out for a second. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Surveillance video showed the suspect casually walking northbound on 10th Avenue after the attack, police said. The suspect hasn’t been arrested.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Erin Pflaumer is a digital content producer from Long Island who has covered both local and national news since 2018. She joined PIX11 in 2023. See more of her work here.