Cops bust thug who knocked out victim, returned to take picture

Police have arrested a thug suspected of knocking out a man with a sucker punch on a Bronx street corner — and then returning to take a souvenir cellphone photo of his still-prone victim, sources told The Post.

Luis Rivera, 22, of 1684 Banyer Ave. in the Bronx, has been charged with the assault, which has left the victim, a father of three who may not have even known his attacker, still unconscious and bleeding from the brain in a St. Barnabas Hospital bed.

A photo of victim Fernando Levano, 37, obtained by WABC/Channel 7, shows the dad fighting for his life in his hospital bed, with a pair of tubes helping him breathe and draining his brain hemorrhage.

Levano had been standing in the crosswalk at the corner of Aqueduct Avenue and Buchanan Place in the borough’s University Heights nabe just after sunrise last Monday when he suffered a roundhouse punch to the head.

Levano fell flat on his back, his head striking the pavement. Newly surfaced video provided by the NYPD shows the attack, and what shockingly happens next.

Three male passers-by pick his pockets, taking his cellphone and ID. Then the man in the yellow hat — who police now say is Rivera — returns and stands over his still-unconscious victim.

He appears in the video to take cellphone snaps or videos of his victim — first from the right side of the prone man. Then he walks around to the other side of the body to take a close-up of the man’s head.

Rivera was taken into custody Thursday by cops from the 46th Precinct.

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