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Cops are hunting a man wanted for allegedly cold-cocking a 33-year-old woman in Midwood on Dec. 21, while she was out walking with her 7-year-old daughter, cops said.

The victim was on E. 12th Street near Elm Avenue at 2:45 pm, when the attacker punched her in the back of her head, causing her to collapse, before he fled on foot.

Police have been circulating a description of the victim’s attacker, along with an artist’s rendering, in a hope that the public will help find him.

The woman’s attacker is described as a black man, wearing his hair in short braids, who was last seen in a black wool cap, green jacket, and dark-colored jeans, cops said.

The Police Department described the incident as an assault, but Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch called suspect’s conduct a clear-cut example of the violent “knockout” game — in which attackers try to knock random victims unconscious with a single blow.

“I consider it a knockout attack,” said Deutsch. “I call a surprise assault from any individual whose intent is to knock the other person down a knockout attack.”

Anyone who supplies the NYPD with information that leads to the conviction of someone guilty of a knockout attack may be eligible for a number of cash rewards.

Deutsch, along with Councilman David Greenfield and public advocate-elect Letitia James, are offering a reward of $1,000, while the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition is offering $5,500 for information that leads to a conviction.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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