Police are searching for a robber who was captured on surveillance video jump-kicking a mother in the back as she carried her infant, causing both her and the baby boy to fall to the ground as the suspect ran off with the woman's cellphone.
The 24-year-old woman, who wanted to remain anonymous out of fear for her safety, told NBC 4 New York in Spanish that she was walking home from the laundromat in West Farms last Friday afternoon when she was attacked.
Video released by police shows the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Alonzo Brown, walking in front of 1155 East Tremont Ave. when he stares after the victim, who walks past him as she talks on her cellphone.
He turns around and begins following the woman, then breaks out into a run and jumps and kicks the woman in the back, video shows.
The woman, who was carrying bags of laundry and had her three-month-old baby son, Jordan, strapped to her chest, crumples to the ground, and Brown snatches her cellphone and flees.
The woman and the baby were taken to Jacobi Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries and released.
"I'm afraid I'm going to encounter him again," she said through a translator.
The baby's father said, "Thank God my baby boy is good now."
Anyone with information on Brown is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
-- Brynn Gingras contributed to this report.