Fuming bloke punched elderly priest, 74, who ‘took too long swiping train card’

Sickening surveillance footage has captured the moment an elderly Catholic deacon was punched as he struggled to swipe his subway card.

Frederick Kurr, 74, was having trouble swiping his MetroCard at the Kingsbridge Road D train station in the Bronx, New York City on Tuesday morning.

As he tried in vain to get the machine to accept his card, another man passed through the turnstile next to him before stopping and watching as though he was going to offer the minister some help.

However after a few moments, the younger man — wearing a hoodie and mask obscuring most of his face — shot out his left arm and sucker-punched Father Kurr in the face.

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"Don't shout," he allegedly told his victim when he yelled for help.

"I just felt like punching someone."

Father Kurr initially refused medical help at the scene but later went to Montefiore Medical Centre where he was treated for neck pain, police said.

The pensioner serves at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Belmont neighbourhood.

Although authorities described the victim as a priest, workers have said he is in fact a deacon and is "doing well" after his ordeal but doesn't wish to make any public comment.

"To get sucker punched for no reason at all…that's sad," his daughter Heidi Kurr, told the New York Post.

"I am scared for him. I worry about him because he is 74."

His attacker remains at large.

The NYPD released the shocking footage of the station attack on Thursday in the hopes the assailant can be identified and brought to justice.

Reverend Israel Bodi, assistant pastor at the parish, said Father Kurr is "such a gentle person" who will surely be in "physical pain" after the horrific attack.

He added that the man usually wears his collar, so the man who punched him "would have known that he is a clergy."

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