NEW YORK CITY — Tech worker Ralph Christopher Castillo was on his way to meet his mom last weekend, when he says a stranger physically assaulted him in Chelsea.
Castillo claims that a man walking towards him, forcefully bumped into him, hitting his shoulder.
Castillo continued to walk in the opposite direction after flashing his middle finger at the stranger.
But Castillo did not expect what happened next.
Castillo said the stranger punched him in face – cutting his upper lip, then took off.
In New York, a third-degree assault is defined simply as the intention to cause physical injury and actually injuring someone physically.
According to the NYPD, last week alone, 768 misdemeanor assaults were reported in New York City.
There are more assaults this year than last year – 35,381 to date. That’s 1,644 more compared to the same period in 2017.
As the NYPD continues to investigate this case of assault, Castillo says the assault case can only move forward when the attacker/assailant has been identified.
Anyone with information leading to the identification or arrest of the assailant, may call 1-800-577-TIPS, or log on to CrimeStoppers.nypdonline.org to provide tips anonymously.