THE BRONX - Authorities are on the hunt for a man who brutally raped a woman in Van Nest. 

The NYPD released surveillance video of the suspect, who they believe punched a 32-year-old woman in the face, sexually assaulted her and then stole $40 from her purse. 

It happened in front of 1922 Amethyst St. at around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday. 

Cops are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS