But in a bizarre turn of events, the suspect returned to the launderette shortly afterwards and kneeled down to apologise to the victim.
He claimed the attack was only a ‘joke’ and then tried to give the victim £20 to pay for his laundry. An ambulance was called and the pensioner was rushed to a nearby hospital. He had to remain there for a week after suffering four broken ribs.
The attack has left the victim and his family terrified and he is still in pain months later. Officers said the attacker pulled up in a car outside the launderette, along with two other men but they were not involved in the incident.
No arrests have yet been made and detectives have now called on the public to help identify the man, after spending months exploring leads.
The man broke the pensioner’s ribs in the brutal attack (Picture: Met Police) He bizarrely returned and claimed it was only a ‘joke’ and tried to hand him £20 (Picture: Met Police) Detective Constable Helen Moriarty said: ‘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. 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. ‘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.’