A 54-year-old woman was viciously beaten in her apartment building's lobby by a mugger who also stole her purse.

The incident occurred around 11 p.m. on Friday, December 2nd, at the victim's apartment building on East 67th Street. The NYPD says the suspect followed her into the entrance area, "demanded her bag and punched her in the face and body. The victim complied and the individual fled the location on foot in an unknown direction."

Apparently the victim and suspect were engaged in a "long struggle." Video shows the suspect backing the victim against a wall:

The victim was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital for a laceration near her left eye and facial bruising. The suspect, who is described as being around 40-45 years old and 5'4", was last seen wearing a black hat, black coat and black pants.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.