Woman punched in the face after a similar incident in New York


A man randomly punched a woman in the face in Manhattan, hours after another attack occurred just blocks away, as women continue to use TikTok to describe assaults by strangers on the city's streets, police said Thursday.

Police released a photo of the man sneaking up behind a 33-year-old woman as she walked across Union Square East near E. 16th St. around 4:30 p.m. on March 20, cops said.

The creep punched the woman in the face before running away on nearby Park Ave. drove away northbound, they added.

The woman suffered minor injuries and did not require medical attention.

Earlier this morning, a 23-year-old woman was shot blocks away on Sixth Ave. near W. 14th St., the Daily News previously reported.

The stranger was leaving a McDonald's store, spotted the woman and, without warning, punched her in the face around 10 a.m., police said.

This time the victim suffered a broken nose during the attack.

Two different men are responsible for the March 20 attacks, according to images released by police.

Cops have investigated a total of 12 similar incidents and made six arrests in the past two weeks, the NYPD's chief detective said Wednesday.

Two suspects who are still being sought have been identified, but police are working to build a strong enough case to track down and arrest them.

The NYPD is aware of women sharing their experiences circulating on TikTok, but does not believe the attacks are the result of a social media trend, Kenny said.

Last week, cops arrested Skiboky Stora, who they say attacked TikTok influencer Halley Kate Mcgookin in Chelsea at 10:20 a.m. on March 25.

The next day, cops arrested Mallik Miah and accused him of attacking TikToker Mikayla Toninato in Greenwich Village that same day.

Anyone with information about any of the attacks is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.