HARLEM, NY (NBC) - The New York Police Department hopes security camera video of a heartless mugging will help bring the man responsible to justice.
The attack happened on June 5th in East Harlem. The 85-year-old victim was walking along 121st St. around 11:15 a.m. when a man approached her, grabbed her purse and dragged her for a bit.
The woman struggled to maintain her balance ,eventually falling to the sidewalk and striking her head against the concrete bottom of a fence line, causing her to release her grip on her cane.
Seeing the woman fall, the assailant walks away, then returns to help the elderly woman up before fleeing the scene.
Officers at the 25th Precinct describe the assailant as a Hispanic male in his 30s.
According to officials the man is approximately 5'9" tall and appears to be 180 lbs. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and dark colored shorts.