A pregnant woman has been savagely attacked by a man who threw a pillowcase over her head and punched her in the stomach.
CCTV taken in north London's Stamford Hill captures the thug following the 27-weeks pregnant woman as they both walk down an alley on March 18.
At about mid-way, the man abandons his shopping cart and takes out a dark-coloured pillowcase and starts chasing after the woman.
The shocked woman turns around and realises the man trying to suffocate her by covering her head with the pillowcase.
She dodges and manages to break free but the thug pushes her against a wall and throws a few punches at her, striking her stomach four times.
The victim breaks free and the man flees the scene.
Local neighbourhood watchdog London Shomrim posted on Twitter: "Pregnant woman and her unborn baby survive a horrendous attack after a male suspect attacked her from behind, placed a pillow over her head & punched her in her stomach several times in a vicious unprovoked attack."
Metropolitan Police confirmed the woman was Jewish but said enquiries are ongoing to establish if the attack was a hate crime.
The woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the horrifying assault.
Officers are appealing for witnesses after the attack on Manor Road at around 6.30pm.
A police spokesman said: "Detectives are investigating after a woman was assaulted in a Hackney street.
"Police were called shortly after 19:00hrs on Thursday, 18 March regarding an assault that had occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier on Manor Road in Stamford Hill.
"The victim, a 20-year-old woman, informed officers that she had been approached from behind by the suspect, who put a cloth or pillowcase over her head before assaulting her."
He went on: "The woman was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.
"Officers are carrying out a number of enquiries and are reviewing CCTV cameras in the local area.
"There have been no arrests and enquiries continue."
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