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Stranger Randomly Punches 88-Year-Old Man in Face in Unprovoked Attack: Police

The victim tells NBC 4 New York he had been walking to a pharmacy to get medicine for his wife when he was attacked

An 88-year-old man was randomly punched in the face by a stranger as he went out to get medication for his home-bound wife in the Bronx earlier this week, police and the victim tell NBC 4 New York. 

Authorities say the 88-year-old man did nothing to provoke the suspect before the attack near Briggs Avenue and East 196th Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The victim, German Ventura, tells NBC 4 New York his wife can't leave the house so he went out to get her medicine when he was attacked from behind. 

The suspect stole nothing from the victim; he just ran off after punching him. The victim refused medical attention at the scene, but has large bruises on his face, head and arm.

"The streets are good around here," Ventura told News 4 in Spanish. "I went where the kids were playing in the street and the teachers were there. And the guy came the same way towards me." 

Police released a surveillance image of the suspect (above). Anyone with information about him is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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