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Punch lands man in critical condition after Midtown Manhattan attack

Authorities said a man remains in serious condition after he was punched in the face late Tuesday on a Midtown Manhattan street corner.

midtown manhattan punch nypd The attacker is described as a male white in his 30s with curly, blond hair. At approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds, he was last seen wearing a turquoise T-shirt, blue shorts and gray sneakers.
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Authorities said a man remains in serious condition after he was punched in the face late Tuesday on a Manhattan street corner.

Police said victim Paul Martone, 49, did not know his attacker. The two reportedly got into an argument regarding Martone's dog at around 6:30 p.m. as they were crossing the street at the Midtown intersection of West 55th St. and Ninth Avenue.

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Video taken from the scene shows the two were arguing when the suspect turned the spat physical by landing a single closed-fist punch with his right hand on the unsuspecting victim's face.

The blow caused Martone's head to land on the pavement and left him with a fractured skull.

The suspect immediately ran off after the punch, leaving the victim in the middle of the Manhattan intersection before he was rushed to a NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

He remains in critical condition.

His assailant is described as a male white in his 30s with curly, blond hair. At approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds, he was last seen wearing a turquoise T-shirt, blue shorts and gray sneakers.

At least four people have died after being punched and hitting their heads on the floor this year, including a 56-year-old man from Queens who died late June.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or to submit tips online.

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