23-year-old woman randomly punched while walking in Chelsea

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024
23-year-old woman randomly attacked while walking in NYC
The attack marked the latest incident in a string of random woman being punched.

CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after a woman was punched in Chelsea last month -- in what police are saying is an isolated incident.

The 23-year-old victim was walking past a McDonald's on Sixth Avenue around 10 a.m. on March 20 when she was punched in the face.

She was checked out for an injured nose and filed a report with police the same day.

The suspect was caught on surveillance camera jogging away and police released the video this week.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

This latest incident comes as several woman have reported being randomly punched and attacked in the city recently and posting their experiences on social media.

Twelve incidents of women randomly being punched in Manhattan have been investigated by police over the past two weeks. Six arrests have been made so far, while two more suspects have been identified and are being sought.

Most are not believed to be related and not all involve women who later posted about their experiences on TikTok.

Detectives said they do not believe the attacks are being driven by social media.

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

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