A suspect has been identified in the assault on an elderly woman inside her home in Coney Island. (NYPD)
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - A suspect has been identified in the assault on an elderly woman inside her home in Coney Island.
Marc Malone, 50, allegedly forced the 88-year-old woman to sit on her bed and then punched her repeatedly, according to the NYPD.
The vicious assault on Christmas Day occurred at about 6:45 a.m. pm on Surf Ave. and West 25th St.
The woman reportedly had left the door open for a home health aide when the suspect came in and rummaged through her belongings. It was unclear what if anything was stolen.
The elderly victim managed to activate her emergency medical alert. The suspect noticed and struck the woman in the face before running out, police said. The woman was treated at a nearby hospital.
The hunt is on for the suspect. He is described by police as black, in his 40s, with a beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweater, a dark colored jacket, beige pants, black sneakers and was pulling a black wheeled suitcase.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. You can remain anonymous.