A vicious brute attacked a pensioner in a launderette as a “joke” breaking four of his ribs before handing him £20 to finish his laundry.
At around 11.30am on June 6, the man burst into the launderette in Brent, north London, and marched over to the 78 year old retired welder, ripping his t-shirt and breaking his bones as he fell hard onto the floor.
The attacker then fled but returned shortly after in a bizarre turn of events when he kneeled down to apologise to the pensioner.
He told the man it was “only a joke” and tried to give him £20 telling him he could use the money to finish his laundry.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he stayed for a week and is still suffering pain months later.
Detectives from Met Police have now released CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak with following the brutal unprovoked attack.
DC Helen Moriarty, who is investigating, said: “This was a frightening and cowardly attack on an innocent victim and it is imperative we find the person responsible.
“The victim and his family were left terrified following the callous actions of a man who preyed on vulnerable, elderly people.
“I ask people to look at the CCTV footage and see if they recognise this man, then do the right thing and contact police.
“I believe someone out there will recognise the suspect and be able to tell us who he is.
“We are doing everything we can to find him are determined to get justice for the victim and to make sure those responsible face the consequences of their actions.
“Similarly, I ask anyone in the area at the time to please contact police or Crimestoppers and share that information with us.”
Police say officers have spent months exploring every possible lead and now turn to the public for help in identifying the man.
He arrived at the laundrette in a car with two other men who were not involved in the incident.
Officers have not yet arrested anyone in relation to the attack.