A 73-year-old woman was beaten by a teenager Monday after she refused to give him a cigarette, according to the Menlo Park Police Department.

The victim was walking on the 200 block of Lexington Drive just before 9 p.m. when a boy about 16 years old approached and asked her for a cigarette, police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said.

"She replied she had none and that he was too young and looked too healthy to smoke, and the suspect bicycled away," Acker wrote in an email.

But the teen returned a short time later and punched the victim's back several times and possibly hit her face too, causing her to fall, Acker said. The teen then fled the scene on his bicycle.

Although there were no witnesses, a couple of residents heard the woman yell and came to her aid, Acker said. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening and she did not need additional medical assistance.

The victim described her attacker as Hispanic, no more than 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a two-toned dark jacket and jeans, Acker said.

Email Bonnie Eslinger at beslinger@dailynewsgroup.com.