Detectives from the Roads and Traffic Policing Command are appealing for information following a racially aggravated grievous bodily harm at a bus stop in Hillingdon.
At 00:35hrs on 22 October 2017, the 19-year-old victim and the suspect alighted from the Route 427 bus, at the Hayes End Bus stop on Uxbridge Road.
The suspect was racially abusive to both the Somalian victim and other passengers whilst alighting, telling him to go back to his home country. The victim was then subjected to an unprovoked attack at Hayes End bus stop whereby he was punched several times in the face, leaving him with life changing injuries. Several witnesses at the bus stop watched and did not stay to give police details.
The suspect then walked off when challenged by members of the public in a passing vehicle.
The London Ambulance Service took the victim to three specialist hospitals to treat him for damage to his right eye, nose and face.
The suspect is described as a stocky black man, 5ft 6ins tall with a grey hat and short beard wearing a black hooded coat over a light coloured shirt, blue jeans and dark coloured trainers.
Detective Constable Sarah Bunting, said: "This was a sudden, unprovoked attack on a man who stepped off the bus to make his way home. The suspect racially abused him and then assaulted him
"We are now releasing images of a man that we want to speak to as part of our ongoing inquiry. If you recognise him, we would urge you to get in touch."
If you know who the man pictured is, or you witnessed the assault or have any information that could assist police, please call 101 or Tweet @MetCC.