Police: 78-year-old man beaten inside apartment building

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A 78-year-old man was attacked inside the lobby of his Sunset Park apartment building while attempting to defend himself last month, police say.

The incident happened around 5 a.m. April 30 on 50th Street and Eighth Avenue.

Victim Felix Gonzalez says he let the suspect into the building and followed him up the stairs, where he saw the man lie down. He says he told the man he could not sleep in the stairwell, and the suspect threw a punch at Gonzalez and knocked him to the ground.

Gonzalez walked three blocks to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Gonzalez, still with a cut on his head and a sore shoulder, tells News 12 he was only trying to defend himself, but the younger man overpowered him. He says he will not live in fear and won't let the incident shake him.

Police have released surveillance video of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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