A pensioner grabbed a 12-year-old boy and punched him in the face on Leicester Road, Rugby.
Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses after the 12 year-old-boy was assaulted on Tuesday June 23 at 8:30am.
The boy was playing a game on Leicester Road near to traffic lights at the junction with Newbold Road when he was approached by an unknown man.
After a brief exchange, the man grabbed the victim and punched him once to the nose.
Following the incident, the man ran off in an unknown direction.
The attacker is described as a white man aged between 60 and 70 years old with grey or blond short hair.
At the time of the incident he was believed to be wearing a black coat and jeans.
Investigating officer PC Ketley said: “We are hopeful that somebody will have seen something given the incident took place next to a busy junction and traffic is often at a standstill at 8:30am.
“If you think you may have seen something please call police on 101.”
Anybody who saw anything is advised to call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident reference number 63 of Tuesday June 23.
Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.