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The NYPD wants to talk to the man seen in this screen grab on Manhattan's West Side. The NYPD wants to talk to the man seen in this screen grab on Manhattan's West Side.
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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Police are asking for the public's help tracking down a man caught on video punching another man in the face reportedly over a dog.

The suspect is seen approaching his victim and striking him with a closed fist.

The victim falls to the ground hitting his head as the suspect runs off. 

The NYPD says the violent incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at W. 55th St. and 9th Ave. in Manhattan.

The injured man was reportedly walking his small dog when the suspect stepped on the animal as he passed the pair, reported the NY Post. An argument ensued that ended with the assault.

The victim was taken to a local hospital and remains in critical condition.

The suspect is described by police as white, in his 30s, approximately 5'10" tall, about 170 lbs. with blonde, curly hair. He was wearing gray sneakers, a turquoise T-shirt and blue shorts.

Video of the vicious assault was released by police on Wednesday. It was uploaded to YouTube by a witness.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers at any of the following. 

1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

The NYPD says all calls are strictly confidential.

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