Police continue to search for the perpetrator of what they deemed “an unprovoked attack” on an 83-year-old man in the Bronx, New York, on Monday afternoon. In the incident, which was captured on surveillance video, Valentine Hernandez had just crossed Westchester Avenue at Fox Street when he was sucker punched by a much younger and much larger man.
Hernandez was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground, lacerating his forehead and fracturing his nose and face. Miguel Santos, Hernandez’s son, is gravely concerned about his elderly father who remains in critical condition in Lincoln Hospital.
“Never seen him that way. He was just there unconscious,” Santos said. “It seems like he’s trying to wake up but he can’t. He can’t open his eyes, can’t open his left eye at all. It’s swollen shut.”
Hernandez has been a resident of the Longwood area of the Bronx for decades and was walking his usual route around the neighborhood. “If he can, goes to church five, six, seven days a week,” Santos said. “He goes every single day and he walks himself. He doesn’t have an aide.”
Both Santos and investigators are struggling to understand the motive behind the unprovoked attack. “Everything is still here, even cash was still in his pocket,’ said Santos. “Everything is still here, credit cards.”
According to police, the attacker did not speak to Hernandez prior to knocking him unconscious and leaving him in the street. The perpetrator fled the scene, heading eastbound on Fox Street. Surveillance footage revealed the suspect to be a Hispanic man in his 30s, approximately 5’9″ and 260 pounds. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a blue baseball cap, a multi-colored sweater, blue jeans and yellow work boots.
Here is the video:
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