Stranger attacks girl, 7, as she walks with her mom on Staten Island: police

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August 13, 2020 - 7:27 am
7-year-old girl pushed suspect

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Police are searching for a man who pushed a 7-year-old girl to the ground at random as she was walking with her family on Staten Island earlier this week.

The NYPD released a photo of the suspect on Thursday.

The girl was attacked in broad daylight as she walked with her 41-year-old mother and young sister near Edison Street and Bryant Avenue in New Dorp around 1:40 p.m. Monday.

Police said the man rushed towards them and slammed the girl to the ground, causing cuts and bleeding to her legs.

The girl’s frantic mother ran to homes seeking help after the attack, witnesses said.

“(The girl) was crying, and said, 'this man was chasing us, and he pushed me for no reason, I don’t know why he did it,'” one witness told the Staten Island Advance.

The girl was not hospitalized for her injuries, police said.

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Residents said the suspect may have terrorized other residents in the neighborhood before.

“It’s not safe as it used to be. I run into a lot of those crazy guys,” one woman said. “They’ll follow you for blocks.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.