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Newly-released surveillance footage shows the moment two people stomped on a Brooklyn woman's head, leaving her unconscious, as they stole her purse and other belongings.
In the video, released by the New York Police Department on Tuesday, an unidentified man and woman could be seen approaching a 30-year-old woman in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn on October 6 at around 3.15am.
The female suspect immediately grabs the woman and starts punching her in the head, causing her to fall head first into the wrought iron fencing around a sidewalk planter.
After he is done, the female suspect could be seen stomping on the victim's head at least seven times as she laid on the ground motionless.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment of trauma to her head and face, Pix 11 reports, and was believed to still be hospitalized Wednesday morning.
NYPD officials believe the incident stems from a prior encounter between the victim and the female suspect.
It comes amid a rise in crime throughout New York City, with felony assaults up 7.7 percent from the same time last year, and misdemeanor assaults up 6.1 percent.
Police are now offering up to $3,500 for any information that could help identify or locate the suspects in the attack.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS.
The brutal beating comes amid an increase in violence throughout the city.
Last Thursday, police arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with a shooting at a Bronx basketball court that left another teen injured in the knee, charging the boy with attempted murder, assault and harassment.
Then on Friday, Maria Ambrocio, a 58-year-old oncology nurse from New Jersey, was knocked to the ground by a man allegedly attempting to flee the scene with a 29-year-old woman's cellphone near Times Square.
The charges against the suspect, Jermaine Foster, were later upgraded from a felony assault to murder after Ambrocio's family agreed to switch off her life support.
And on Monday, a 3-year-old girl was almost kidnapped by a homeless man in broad daylight as she was walking with her grandmother and two brothers in the Bronx.
The suspect, Santiago Salcedo, 27, a homeless man, was seen on surveillance footage from a nearby gas station approaching the family and wrapping the girl in a comforter before running off with her, as her 65-year-old grandmother tried to follow.
A man at the nearby gas station soon got involved and managed to stop Salcedo, who is charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and child endangerment.
Crime rates in New York City have been increasing
On Monday, a 3-year-old girl was almost kidnapped by a homeless man in broad daylight as she was walking with her grandmother and two brothers in the Bronx
Santiago Salcedo, 27, was stopped by a man filling up his car at a nearby gas stattion. He is now charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and child endangerment
According to the NYPD, the city's overall crime rate is down a quarter of a percentage point from last year, although it is up in certain categories, such as assaults and rape, which is up 2.7 percent over last year.
Grand larcenies are also up 2.4 percent from last year, with grand larceny from automobiles up 14.5 percent.
And shooting incidents have increased 3.5 percent over last year, with a little over 1 percent more shooting victims.
In the Bronx the number is even higher, with shooting incidents increasing nearly 32 percent over last year, according to Pix 11, and about 30 percent more shooting victims.
'It's terrible all the way around,' Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told Pix 11 on Monday, adding: 'We have to do better as a society.'
He said the police department is hiring nearly 700 new cops to address the surge in crime, and is 'getting a group out of the academy now.'
'The cops of this city are going to do everything possible to keep New Yorkers safe,' Shea promised.