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NYPD hunts thief who attacked and robbed 85-year-old man in East Harlem while he was walking home 

The NYPD is searching for the assailant of an unidentified 85-year-old man who was attacked from behind before being strangled and robbed in upper Manhattan.

Surveillance video shows the suspect walking up behind the victim around 10 p.m. before grabbing and appearing to choke him to the ground on Aug. 1.

The victim was walking down Lexington Avenue just above an intersection at E. 120th Street in East Harlem when the unprovoked attack occurred.

After the victim fell, the assailant took the victim’s wallet before running away.

The victim is then seen struggling to get up before reporting the incident to the police.

He suffered some scrapes and bruises but refused medical attention, according to CBS News.

During its ongoing investigation, the NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

Anyone with information about the attack or the suspect is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-477-TIPS.

Image: The suspect (right in red) is seen coming up behind the victim, an unidentified 85-year-old man

Image: The suspect (right in red) is seen coming up behind the victim, an unidentified 85-year-old man

Image: The suspect then grabs the victim by the neck with both arms before throwing him to the ground

Image: The suspect then grabs the victim by the neck with both arms before throwing him to the ground

Image: The suspect then grabs the victim by the neck with both arms before throwing him to the ground

Pictured: The victim is seen struggling as the suspect takes the victim's wallet

Pictured: The victim is seen struggling as the suspect takes the victim's wallet

Pictured: The victim is seen struggling as the suspect takes the victim’s wallet

In the photo: After grabbing the man's wallet, the suspect is then seen running away from the scene

In the photo: After grabbing the man's wallet, the suspect is then seen running away from the scene

In the photo: After grabbing the man’s wallet, the suspect is then seen running away from the scene

Pictured: The victim, who suffered some scrapes and bruises, is then seen struggling to get up.  He refused medical attention

Pictured: The victim, who suffered some scrapes and bruises, is then seen struggling to get up.  He refused medical attention

Pictured: The victim, who suffered some scrapes and bruises, is then seen struggling to get up. He refused medical attention

The crime rate in New York City has risen 34.2 percent in the past year, according to NYPD statistics

The crime rate in New York City has risen 34.2 percent in the past year, according to NYPD statistics

The crime rate in New York City has risen 34.2 percent in the past year, according to NYPD statistics

The attack came amid a spike in crime across New York City over the summer.

Crime is up 34.2 percent in the past year, according to NYPD statistics, and felonies are up 17.4 percent from the same time last year.

A month before the 85-year-old man was attacked, another man is seen on camera beating another unsuspecting man at Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn, leaving the victim unconscious.

Authorities said the unprovoked attack caused the victim ‘serious physical harm’ and he was taken to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition.

That Aug. 1 attack came about a week before similar surveillance footage captured the moment repeat offender Bui Van Phu, 55, donned a glove and punched Jesus Cortes, 52, in the back of the head with great force.

Cortes immediately fell to the ground and appeared to be unconscious after hitting his head on the concrete. He suffered a fractured skull, broken cheekbone and bleeding on the brain, with EMS taking him to the hospital on August 12.

An initial investigation revealed that Cortes’ left the restaurant, stopped and observed several people talking, then one person left the restaurant, put on a pair of gloves and positioned himself behind the victim.

“Without prior conversation or argument, the individual punched the victim in the face before returning to the restaurant and later to parts unknown,” an NYPD spokesman said.

Phu was initially released without bail on the misdemeanor charge, but later charged with second-degree assault after New York Governor Kathy Hochul personally intervened in the case.

Bui Van Phu (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after punching a diner, fracturing his skull and causing a brain haemorrhage

Bui Van Phu (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after punching a diner, fracturing his skull and causing a brain haemorrhage

Bui Van Phu (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after punching a diner, fracturing his skull and causing a brain haemorrhage

Bui was called an 'imminent threat to society' at a parole hearing after New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered him back to prison

Bui was called an 'imminent threat to society' at a parole hearing after New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered him back to prison

Bui was called an ‘imminent threat to society’ at a parole hearing after New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered him back to prison

In June, a man was caught on CCTV throwing a woman onto the subway tracks in the Bronx.

A week earlier, a man had his wrist slashed and arteries severed in another part of the Bronx subway after an argument over loud music.

Days before the attack, another assailant pulled a knife on another man on an Atlantic Avenue subway platform before stabbing him several times in the head and torso.

In April, subway shooter Frank James was charged with federal terrorism after shooting 10 and wounding 23 in a rampage inside a Brooklyn train during the morning commute.

A month later, a Goldman Sachs worker, Daniel Enriquez, was killed after being accidentally shot in the head on his way to brunch.

Daniel Enriquez (pictured) was shot and killed in a random attack on the subway in New York.  He had originally planned to take an Uber, but decided to take the subway instead due to the ride-sharing platform's high prices

Daniel Enriquez (pictured) was shot and killed in a random attack on the subway in New York.  He had originally planned to take an Uber, but decided to take the subway instead due to the ride-sharing platform's high prices

Daniel Enriquez (pictured) was shot and killed in a random attack on the subway in New York. He had originally planned to take an Uber, but decided to take the subway instead due to the ride-sharing platform’s high prices

Frank James (pictured) was charged with a federal terrorism offense for opening fire on a crowded Brooklyn subway train in April, shooting 10 and wounding 23

Frank James (pictured) was charged with a federal terrorism offense for opening fire on a crowded Brooklyn subway train in April, shooting 10 and wounding 23

Frank James (pictured) was charged with a federal terrorism offense for opening fire on a crowded Brooklyn subway train in April, shooting 10 and wounding 23

Mayor Eric Adams (pictured) has been heavily criticized, particularly by families of victims, for failing to crack down on crime in New York

Mayor Eric Adams (pictured) has been heavily criticized, particularly by families of victims, for failing to crack down on crime in New York

Mayor Eric Adams (pictured) has been heavily criticized, particularly by families of victims, for failing to crack down on crime in New York

New York Mayor Eric Adams, who is a former policeman and ran on a promise to stop crime in the city, has been slammed along with the NYPD for their failure to do so.

Transit crime has increased by 45.8 percent in the last year, in addition to a 32.4 percent increase in burglary, a 44.6 percent increase in grand theft, a 38.1 percent increase in robbery and a 19 .7 percent in misdemeanors.

Back in June, Adams blasted prosecutors and judges for cutting off suspected shooters, allowing them to unleash more gunfire in New York — saying the “bad guys” are no longer taking them seriously.

During a press conference with NYPD officials in Brooklyn, Adams praised police for being “laser-focused on the shooters” and making arrests, but demanded that “the other team has to do their part.”

“The courts must prosecute. The judges have to make sure they stay inside, he said.

‘Everyone has to do their part. If not, they go out and come back.’