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‘He hit me hard’: 75-year-old woman hit at random in Harlem attack speaks out


HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) – A 75-year-old woman punched in the face in another unprovoked random attack in New York City speaks out, as the search for her attacker continues.

Judith Thomas was walking on Lenox Avenue near 118th Street on Easter Sunday afternoon when the man walked up and suddenly hit her.

She was thrown to the ground and suffered from a severed lip and a swollen face.

“My tooth went through my upper lip, and it hurts,” she says. “I was on my way to meet my sister at a restaurant owned by friends of ours.”

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Police hope the surveillance video will lead them to the suspect.

“He didn’t tell me, he didn’t try to grab my purse,” she said. “He came out of nowhere … I was screaming because it hurt. He hit me hard.”

Detectives spent Monday morning probing the area, looking for clues that could lead them to the suspect.

Residents who live nearby said they were shocked and saddened to learn what had happened.

“I don’t understand why people do things to hurt other people who have nothing to do with them,” said Mike Zarate.

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But Thomas, a petite woman who is still recovering from her injuries, refuses to be intimidated

“We cannot let the psychopaths take over the city,” she said. “I will keep my eyes open and be aware of my surroundings.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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