An 87-year-old woman was hospitalized with a serious head injury Thursday night in New York City after another woman shoved her to the ground, authorities said.
The apparent unprovoked attack happened just before 8:30 p.m. near West 28 Street and 8 Avenue in Manhattan, police said.
An unknown female approached the woman from behind and pushed her, causing the victim to fall and hit her head, according to authorities. The suspect then fled the scene.
Police said the octogenarian victim was rushed to a hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
The suspect was described as a female with a light complexion and long dark-colored hair. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, black leggings, white skirt (possibly a dress) and dark-colored shoes.
Crimes such as assault have been on the rise in New York City this year.
As of March 6, police statistics show 426 felony assaults incidents have been reported year-to-date – a 22.1% increase compared to the 349 cases during the same period last year.