Man charged in fatal Brooklyn beating of 79-year-old

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A 28-year-old man is under arrest for the caught-on-video fatal beating of a senior citizen in Brooklyn in September, cops said Thursday.

James Woods was charged with assault Wednesday for repeatedly punching 79-year-old Angel Diaz on Sept. 13 — even as he was down on the ground — leading to his death more than a month later, cops said.

Woods allegedly approached Diaz in front of 46 Hoyt Street in downtown Brooklyn and punched him, knocking him to the pavement, cops said. Woods then hit Diaz multiple times in the face before running away, cops said. 

EMS rushed Diaz to Methodist Hospital where he was treated for a broken nose, an orbital fracture and bleeding on the brain, police sources said. He was unconscious and unable to speak to cops.

He was later transferred to Bellevue Hospital, where he died on Oct. 29.

It was unclear why Woods merely faces an assault charge in the death, but police said the charges could be upgraded later.

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