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Community Calls for Help Finding Suspect Who Allegedly Punched Man in Face in West Village

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Community members came together Wednesday night as police still search for the person responsible for punching a 72-year old man in the West Village.

The victim was waiting to cross at 99 Jane Street on Monday night when a man came up from behind and punched him in the face.

The suspect, along with another man, fled from the scene.

Both suspects are described as in their 20s.

Community members met at the site of the incident and held a rally asking for the public's help to find the suspect.

Organizers believe the crime was part of a knockout game.

"One of the most defenseless in our community was assaulted by an individual who thought it enough to raise his hand and strike him, almost causing this man to die. We can't have this in our community. This knockout game is stupid," said community advocate Tony Herbert. "They're assaulting people with no intention of robbery or anything. Just to strike a person and almost cause them to die is a problem in our community, and it has to be justified by having them placed in jail."

The victim was transported to Beth Israel Hospital with brain bleeding and bruising to his cheek.

Police say his condition is stable.

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