Sickening video footage shows the moment a woman was yanked to the ground by her hair in an unprovoked daylight attack while strolling through Manhattan.
The incident took place on East 1st Street between Bowery and Second Avenue in the Noho section of Manhattan.
Surveillance footage shows the unprovoked attack, in which a man who appears to be in his 30s or 40s running westbound on the south block of East 1st Street from the Second Avenue side of the street.
It is unclear why the man was running, but moments later he was seen approaching the victim, and grabbing her hair with such extreme force that she was yanked down onto the concrete sidewalk.
A young woman was viciously assaulted by a random attacker in broad daylight in New York City recently
The incident took place on East 1st Street between Bowery and Second Avenue in the Noho section of Manhattan. A young woman wearing a backpack who was walking a few feet ahead of a man is suddenly and violently yanked to the ground by her locks
It is unclear when the attack took place. DailyMail.com has reached out to the New York Police Department seeking comment.
The incident is the latest high-profile case of assault in the city that has seen sharp rises in crime in recent months.
The latest data from the NYPD shows that there has been an almost 8 percent increase in reported felony assault throughout the five boroughs thus far this year compared to the corresponding period in 2020.
In the four-week period leading up to Sunday, there has been an 18.6 percent increase in the number of reported felony assaults.
The spike in crime coincided with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
Surveillance footage shows the unprovoked attack in which a man who appears to be in his 30s or 40s running westbound on the south block of East 1st Street from the Second Avenue side of the street
It is unclear why the man was running. The assault is seen above from a different angle
In the last 18 months, New Yorkers fled the city after the government imposed a lockdown to stop the spread of the disease – shuttering offices, theaters, restaurants, bars, and other establishments.
The lockdown also took place as protests erupted against the police following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May of last year.
Alongside demonstrations and street marches, there were also more instances of looting, thefts, burglaries, and robberies.
Earlier on Thursday, the NYPD released surveillance footage which captured the terrifying moment a group of five teenagers unleashed a barrage of bullets during a shootout outside a Bronx elementary school as the young students were about to be dismissed for the day.
The brazen gun violence broke out near the Boys Prep Bronx Elementary School on October 5 at around 2:50 pm as the students at the K-8 school were being sent home.
No students were shot and the gunmen escaped seemingly unharmed in another incident of the city’s out-of-control crime that has seen victims of gun violence nearly double in two years.
The NYPD shared the videos with the public asking for help in locating the unidentified individuals connected to the ‘reckless endangerment incident.’
Surveillance footage captured the terrifying moment a group of three teenagers fired shots at another group of teenagers outside an elementary school as they dismissed students who are seen walking down the street towards the violence
The group of three teenagers were gathered at the entrance of a parking lot on a residential street when the one wearing a gray hoodie fired his gun on Tuesday October 5
A group of two teenagers hid between cars as the one also in a gray hoodie fired back at the group of three who ran away down the street around 2:50 pm on October 5
The group of three were later caught on different surveillance footage as they casually walked down the street near the Bronx Terminal Market
The video shows two groups of hooded teens shooting at each other at the corner of East 150 Street and Cedar Lane behind the elementary school on a residential street.
A group of three men – one in a gray hoodie and mask and two wearing black – are seen first in a triangle formation looking around as they stand in front of the entrance to a parking lot. The masked gunman then fires down the block at two other men.
The video then cuts to two men at the other side of Cedar Lane, one wearing a gray hoodie and the other in black, hiding between parked cars to avoid getting hit. A man in the gray hoodie standing behind a white SUV then fires back at the trio before shielding himself between a white van driving down the road as he crosses the street.
All three men duck and flee westbound on East 150 Street toward Exterior Street.
A wide shot of the scene shows a group of kids nearly 60 feet away walking from the elementary school towards the violence as it breaks out.
The NYPD video shows a clip of the group of three men casually walking on a sidewalk near the Bronx Terminal Market, a few blocks down from the shootout.
A man getting out of a red minivan directly across the street from the group of two is seen getting into his backseat as the shooting begins and the gunmen run around the street.
The group of two is recorded running through the street between cars towards the other group before circling back to take off eastbound on East 150 Street.
There have been no arrests as of Thursday morning.
Crime has sky rocketed in New York City, while rates have stayed relatively consistent with last year, they have more than doubled since 2019 in some cases including shooting victims
Principal Dr. Khalek Kirkland told PIX 11 that the shootout put all 800 students grades K-8, their families and staff in serious danger
‘The crime is horrific and we just want to make sure that we’re keeping our scholars safe,’ he said.
He said that the precinct notified the school immediately.
‘So we were able to make sure that not only did none of our students leave the building, but we were also able to put our families safe as well, those [that] were picking up their children,’ he told the TV station.
‘Boys Prep will be a beacon in the South Bronx,’ Kirkland added. ‘We pride ourselves on education and will continue to do that.’
The shooting was another one incident among New York City’s rising gun violence, particularly impacting the city’s children.
According to NYPD crime data, the city has had 1,526 shooting victims this year through October 17, nearly double the amount of gun violence victims through the same time as 2019, which had 760. There were 1,507 shooting victims through Oct. 17 of last year.
The data recorded 89 shooting victims 17 years old and younger from January 1 to September 26 of this year. In 2019, there were 45 shooting victims 17 years old and younger during the same time period.
Of those injured in shootings, 16 young people were killed by gun violence between January 1 and September 26 – an increase of more than 136% compared with the same time period in 2019, when three children or teens were killed.