Pregnant Woman Sucker-Punched on Street: Cops

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    Police accuse a 33-year-old man of slapping a seven-months pregnant woman so hard that she was knocked unconscious on a Brooklyn street Thursday. Danielle Elias reports. (Published Monday, Aug 18, 2014)

    Police accuse a 33-year-old man of slapping a seven-months pregnant woman so hard that she passed out on a Brooklyn street Thursday afternoon.

    Speaking through a translator because she does not speak English, Jannatul Ferdous, the 34-year-old woman, told NBC 4 New York she was walking with a friend to the store when a stranger walking in the opposite direction smacked her in the face so hard she fell to the ground and blacked out.

    Guards at a nearby school heard Ferdous' friend's cries for help and called 911. Ferdous was taken to the hospital with a black eye and bruises on the back of her head; she was later released.

    Officers canvassing the area after the attack tracked down Willie Stephens, who apparently matched the woman’s description of the attacker, according to the NYPD.

    Stephens was arrested and charged with assault; it wasn't known if he had an attorney.

    Though Stephens is off the streets, the woman says she's nervous to walk on them after the attack. She said her husband works a lot, so she takes her children to school.