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Man caught on video kicking 89-year-old woman to the ground in New York City

The woman did not know her assailant. She was taken to a hospital and was stable after the attack Friday morning, police say.
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Police are asking for help identifying a man who was caught on camera kicking an 89-year-old woman to the ground in broad daylight in New York City.

The incident unfolded in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn around 7:20 a.m. Friday.

The woman, who has not been identified, was on Avenue P and East 17th Street when a man came up from behind and kicked her in the back, police said.

She falls to the ground after the blow, the video shows. The man then appears to walk around her, holding a coffee cup. Police said he left on foot in an unknown direction.

"The victim suffered pain and bruising to her head and body," police said.

She was taken by EMS to Maimonides Medical Center, where she was stable. 

Police said it was a random attack and that the man and the victim did not know each other.

Police are asking anyone with information about the identity of the man to come forward. He is described as 20 to 30 years old and was last seen wearing dark clothing. 

Neighbors were shocked.

"That's scary. I have an elderly mother, too," a woman told NBC New York.

Another said: "This neighborhood is really good, you know. I live right behind this church. It's always good, but seeing this ... it's horrible."