NEW YORK – Police launched a manhunt this week for a suspect who turned his back on a teenager as he sat in an outdoor restaurant and placed him in a chokhouse.
The NYPD on Friday released video surveillance of the incident, which took place Monday night at a sushi restaurant on Ditmars Boulevard, near 33rd Street, in Queens.
The 16-year-old victim was sitting at a restaurant table when the suspect walked behind him and wrapped his arm around his neck, which obstructed breathing before loosening, shown in the video.
The man walked away but approached the teen again before someone else showed up to intervene, the video shows. The suspect fled the scene, police said.
The teen sustained pain, redness and swelling in his neck but was not taken to a hospital, according to the NYPD.
Police urged anyone who could identify the suspect to contact Crime Stoppers.
NYPD Crime Stoppers offered a $ 3,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Callers in Spain are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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