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Police Searching for Suspect Who Shockingly Pushed a 92-Year-Old Woman into a Fire Hydrant (VIDEO)


Update: the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Rashid Brimmage, was arrested in Harlem on Tuesday. He is reportedly a convicted sex offender who has been arrested more than 100 times.

New York police are looking for the man responsible for a seemingly random and inexplicable attack on a 92-year-old woman who was wheeling a cart before her on a Manhattan sidewalk last week.

Video clearly shows the suspect extending his left arm and pushing the elderly woman. She immediately lost her balance and fell to ground, hitting her head on a fire hydrant in the process. After the assault, the man in the purple shirt and shorts just kept on walking–but not without looking back at the woman on the ground.

Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, in the alternative, to send tips to @NYPDTips on Twitter.┬áThere was no immediate identifying information provided about the suspect or his age, but he appears to be a young black male.

Here are two other versions of the surveillance video without news commentary, one blurred and one not:

The nonagenarian New Yorker had to be taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital for treatment. She is reportedly expected to recover. According to police, this attack happened in Gramercy Park around 3:30 p.m. on June 12.

[Image via New York Post/screengrab]

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Matt Naham is the Senior A.M. Editor of Law&Crime.