Video footage posted on Twitter by the New York Police Department shows a man approach a 64-year-old woman from behind and choke her before pulling her to the ground, stealing her bag, and calmly walking away — all in broad daylight.
The attack occurred around 8:30 a.m on Sunday in the area of East 29th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan.
The unidentified victim was not seriously injured, receiving only minor cuts on her elbows and knees.
Police said the thief stole the woman's cell phone and approximately $100 in cash.
The suspect has yet to be apprehended.