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VIDEO: Blind man beaten on Phila. street as witnesses look on

(CBS) PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia police have released surveillance footage  they say shows an unidentified man knock a blind man to the ground and then proceed to kick and stomp on him as he lay helpless on the side of the road.

The video appears to show at least three witnesses who did not attempt to intervene.

Authorities hope the release of the footage will help identify the suspect and lead to an arrest.

Police say the incident took place around noon on Oct. 2 on a street in northwest Philadelphia. The video shows the 33-year-old victim, who is blind, according to police, walking along the street when the suspect approaches him.

The camera pans away and in the next frame, the suspect is seen striking the victim, knocking him to the ground and then proceeding to kick and stomp on him as he lay on the ground. The suspect is then seen walking away.

Philly.com reports the victim was robbed in the process.

Police say the victim suffered injuries to his head and face.

The suspect is described as a black male in his mid 20s who was wearing a tan colored baseball cap, tan shirt, khaki colored pants and was carrying a dark colored back pack at the time of the assault.

If anyone has any information on the incident they are asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department at (215)-686-3353.

  • Stephanie Slifer

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