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Teen Girl Visiting NYC Gets Punched in Face Near Times Square in Random Attack: Police


A teenage girl visiting the city from California was punched in the face in an unprovoked and random attack on a street corner near Times Square, police said.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 5 at the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 40th Street in midtown Manhattan, according to police. A man went up to the 17-year-old and allegedly punched her in the nose with a clenched fist.

The assault left a bruise to the teen's eye and broke her nose, police said, but she was recovering at the hospital.

The suspect — believed to be in his 30s with a long blonde wig and a black hat, beige coat, black dress, white and black sneakers and a red face mask — took off on foot down Eighth Avenue. Police are searching for the suspect, and no arrests have yet been made.

Anyone with information in regard to the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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