9-year-old girl punched in the head in random attack near Central Park

In line with the recent rise in violence in the city a 9-year-old girl was punched in the head while in Central Park.

The girl and her 36-year-old mother were visiting from Miami, Florida on Monday when a man approached them and struck the child.

And the NYPD say the suspect was caught thanks to the fast thinking and brave response of a veteran doorman at the Plaza Hotel on Central Park South.

“I saw a guy screaming and screaming and walking very quickly toward a family that had a baby in a baby carriage and a little girl,” said Plaza doorman Neil Johnson. “The little girl was holding her head and she was crying. The mother was screaming.”

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