Woman punched in third random attack in Central West End over past week


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on January 30, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:42 AM

4400 Maryland Ave St Louis, MO 63108

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(KMOV.com) – Police have released surveillance video of a man they say pushed and punched a woman while she was walking to her car in the Central West End Tuesday evening.

Authorities said the assault happened around 5:10 p.m. in the 4400 block of Maryland Avenue.

Police said the 45-year-old victim was walking to her vehicle with a box of supplies when she dropped something. She picked up the item and, as she approached her vehicle to put the box inside, a man pushed her from behind. The victim’s head collided with the door frame of the car. As the victim turned around to see her attacker, the suspect punched her in the face several times.

Police did not say if the woman suffered any significant injuries or if any personal property was taken from her.

The attacker fled the scene on foot. The victim described the suspect to police as a black male, 18 to 22 years of age and 5-foot 5-inches to 5-foot 7-inches tall. He was wearing a light-colored zip-up sweatshirt with multicolored lines, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Police on Wednesday released an image from a security camera in the area. Although hard to make out, they say the man walking on the sidewalk in the picture may be the suspect they're looking for.

Anyone with further information is asked to contatct CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

The random attack marks the third one seen in the Central West End in the past week.

On Friday, two elderly men were attacked in what police said appeared to be related incidents.

Police said 73-year-old man was walking at night when a suspect approached and punched him above his right eye. The second victim, a 77-year-old man, told police he was exiting his building on Newstead when someone punched him above his left eye.

Both victims suffered minor injuries and are expected to be fine, according to officials.

No suspects have been arrested in that case.