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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (PIX11) – A 75-year-old woman suffered a broken shoulder when a man came up from behind and struck her to the ground in New York City, police said.

The assault happened in Washington Heights in Manhattan near Broadway and West 168th Street around 9 p.m. on July 12, according to the NYPD.

In surveillance video shared by the NYPD, the victim can be seen falling to the ground after the man allegedly came up to her from behind and struck her in the shoulder. The suspect (pictured below) then fled north on Broadway.

Why the man chose to assault her is unclear. He didn’t steal anything from the woman after she was down, and she didn’t have any prior interaction with him, police said.

The victim was able to pick herself off the ground and walk to a hospital across the street for help. She was treated for a fractured left shoulder, authorities said.


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