An elderly man was punched to the ground when a man tried to rob him at knife-point in broad daylight in Sydney's west.
The 84-year-old was walking along Albert Street in Cabramatta when a man wielding a knife grabbed him by the chest and demanded money at about 1.30pm on Monday.
After the elderly man said he didn't have any money, he was punched in the eye and fell to the ground. His attacker fled the scene.
Acting Inspector Jeremy Ward described the attack as "brazen".
"It may well have been his age or that fact that he was walking alone in a more isolated residential street that he was targeted," Inspector Ward said.
The man was taken to Liverpool Hospital with bruises to his eye and a cut to his elbow that required stitches.
Inspector Ward said police will canvass the area today to see if any residents witnessed the attack and find any potential CCTV footage.
"Detectives have spoken to the victim. He's going alright. I guess it would shake anyone up," Inspector Ward said.
The elderly man has been discharged from hospital. He described his would-be robber as Asian in appearance, between 30 to 35 years old, skinny and about 165cm to 170cm tall.
Morning & Afternoon Newsletter