Footage of the incident, which happened June 7 in the city’s Bronx borough, begins with the suspect approaching the victim from behind in broad daylight.
The suspect tries to strip a backpack off the victim’s shoulders, but is met with resistance and a struggle ensues.
Video then appears to show the victim being dragged along the sidewalk before the suspect finally wrestles control of the backpack.
The victim suffered a cut to his right knee, according to Fox5 NY. The suspect, meanwhile, was last seen wearing shorts and a multicolored jacket.
The incident happened days before a 92-year-old woman was pushed to the ground in Manhattan in what appeared to be a random attack.
A registered sex offender who has been arrested 103 times was charged in that case.
Fox News Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.