FOREST HILLS, Queens — A man followed a doorman and punched him inside a Queens apartment after he was asked to leave Saturday night, police said.
It happened around 9:18 p.m. inside an apartment building along 68th Drive near Queens Boulevard in the Forest Hills neighborhood, police said.
While in the basement of the building, a 69-year-old doorman encountered a non-resident and asked him to leave, authorities said.
The suspect followed the doorman into the elevator and punched the victim in the face when they got to the first floor.
The victim fell to the ground, and the suspect fled, according to police.
The doorman suffered pain and bruising to his face and initially refused medical attention, cops said.
However, he later sought treatment at the hospital for a facial fracture, police said.
President of the 32BJ SEIU union, Kyle Bragg, said in a statement they remain in close contact with the doorman, his family and others in the building.
“The doormen of New York are frontline workers who protect the residents of their buildings against visible threats such as intruders and invisible threats like the coronavirus. Their continued work and bravery safeguards thousands of New Yorkers, and their sacrifices merit recognition. We ask the public to respect the privacy of the building staff, as the investigations into the incident are still ongoing. It is our hope that the attacker is identified and brought to justice as soon as possible.”
Authorities have asked for help in locating and identifying the suspect.
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