EXCLUSIVE: Victim of violent Bronx elevator attack speaks out

BELMONT, Bronx (WABC) -- The victim of a violent attack inside a Bronx elevator is sharing his story exclusively to Eyewitness News.

The assault was caught on camera, but the man responsible remains on the run.

When the victim returned to his building lobby in the area of Southern Boulevard in Belmont on Friday night, someone followed him from behind.

"I went downstairs to get a cigarette because ran out of cigarettes - it was around 11-11:30," he said, "I saw somebody hold the door but I didn't think nothing of it. And I just walked in the elevator."

That man, with a hoodie over his head, asked the victim what floor he was on - and then out of nowhere, came the hard blow.

"Somebody knocked me down, I couldn't get up from the floor. He wouldn't let me get up from the floor. He kept kicking me and kicking me in my face. Only in my face," said the victim.

The attack was so brutal it left the 67-year-old with severe bruises and cuts to the face and arm.

There is security in the building's lobby, and that man says it just so happened that the guard happened to step outside during the moments before the attack.

The assault only lasted seconds - the suspect even wiped the elevator clean, likely for evidence, before taking off with nothing.

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