NYC woman, 74, is sucker punched in the face after confronting three teens 'who ...

A 74-year-old woman was punched in the face after confronting three teens who police say stole her purse following yet another week of violence in the city. 

Disturbing security footage shows as one of the suspects - all thought to be aged between 14 and 18-year-old -  knocks the victim to the floor in Manhattan last Thursday evening at 7pm. 

New York City has seen a troubling spike in crime and violence this year, and new data shows there were 242 shootings recorded last month. In August 2019 there were just 91 shootings recorded. 

In the clip, released by police hunting the alleged attackers, the woman attempts to get her purse back from the teenagers before one of them turns round, sucker punching her. The suspects fled the scene, leaving her purse behind, police said. 

Police said: 'Although the victim sustained bruising and swelling to her face, and cuts and scrapes to her hands, she refused medical attention.' 

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A 74-year-old woman was punched in the face after confronting three teens who police say stole her purse following yet another week of violence in the city

A 74-year-old woman was punched in the face after confronting three teens who police say stole her purse following yet another week of violence in the city

The suspects, pictured, fled the scene, leaving her purse behind, police said

The suspects, pictured, fled the scene, leaving her purse behind, police said

The victim, who was delivering food to a friend, said she has lived in the city since 1963. She told ABC7 she has never experience anything like this and wants the area 'cleaned up'. 

Footage shows as the three teens, made up of a girl and two boys, pass the woman; one appears to grab her purse as they all continue walking. 

The woman then chases after the group before one boy turns back to punch her, knocking her to the ground.  

Footage shows as the three teens, made up of a girl and two boys, pass the woman; one appears to grab her purse as they all continue walking

Footage shows as the three teens, made up of a girl and two boys, pass the woman; one appears to grab her purse as they all continue walking

The woman then chases after the group before one boy turns back to punch her, knocking her to the ground

The woman then chases after the group before one boy turns back to punch her, knocking her to the ground

New York City saw a 4.1 per cent rise in robberies last month compared to August last year; assaults are also up 2 per cent year on year, figures show. 

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