Houston police seek identity of man wanted in assault

Man attempted to steal victim's backpack, police say

HOUSTON – Houston police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted in an assault that happened in May.

Surveillance photos and video captured the man at 600 Capitol Street around 6:30 a.m. on May 16.

Police said a 37-year-old man had gotten off a bus and was getting ready to cross the street when the suspected attacker approached and suddenly punched him in the face.

The attacker caused the victim to fall to the ground. Police said the suspect then pulled on the victim's backpack and attempted to steal it.

The victim held onto his property and the attacker eventually fled. Police said the attacker did not say anything during the incident.

The suspected attacker is described by police as a 30- to 35-year-old black man who is 6 feet to 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 190 pounds. Police said he was wearing a white shirt, black pants and a black hat.

Surveillance video of the man before and during the assault is below. The Houston Police Department released surveillance photos of the man as he rode a rail train.

Anyone with information on the attacker's identity or his whereabouts is asked to contact the HPD Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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