The New York Police Department is looking for a suspect in a couple of violent assaults that forced a 66-year-old man and an 88-year-old woman to remain hospitalized in a serious but stable condition.
The two attacks on shopkeepers took place on Sunday afternoon a mile away in lower Manhattan, police said in an appeal to the public to obtain information about the suspect.
The suspect is described as a black man, between 45 and 60 years old, bald and seen for the last time wearing blue jeans, an orange baseball cap and an orange shirt.
The first shocking assault occurred around 12.45 p.m., when the suspect approached the clerk of Seward Park Liquors in the Lower East Side threatening a bottle of wine.
The suspect approaches the store clerk at Seward Park Liquor at 12.45 p.m. and threatens to hit him with the bottle of wine he is brandishing unless the employee hands him cash from the cash register
The employee refuses and flees to the back of the store, where the thief throws bottles at his head
After the employee fled the store, the thief helps himself to about $ 200 from the cash register
The thief threatened to hit the store clerk with the wine bottle unless he delivered cash from the cash register, police said.
The employee, a 41-year-old man, flatly refused. When the suspect hit him with the wine bottle, the employee tried to flee.
The surveillance video shows the deranged thief chasing the employee, trapping him in a corner and throwing bottles of wine at his head.
After the employee managed to escape outside the store, the suspect opens the cash register and loots the cash register. The police say he fled with about $ 200 in cash.
The employee was treated on the scene by the paramedics. But the violent revelry of the insane thief had just begun.
At 2 o'clock in the afternoon, a little over a kilometer away, at Reno Fashion in Greenwich Village, the suspect reappeared, having changed into a different orange shirt and an orange hat, the police said.
Around 2 p.m., the suspect casually walked into a Greenwich Village shoe store one mile away
The vile thief punches a 66-year-old employee with a blow to the head
The surveillance video of the shoe store shows the suspect strolling carelessly and approaching an employee from behind.
Without warning, he hits the 66-year-old ticket seller and continues to hit the man as he falls to the ground.
Bravely, an 88-year-old woman who also works in the store tries to intervene and remove the violent aggressor from her co-worker.
The thief shows no mercy, throwing blows on the old woman's head before hitting the male victim again.
While the thief hits the employee, his 88-year-old co-worker bravely tries to intervene
Without remorse, the suspect brutally hits both employees in the attempted robbery
Police say the suspect repeated his strange MO from the first robbery repeatedly hitting the man in the head with glass jars and a large ceramic pot.
The suspect tried to withdraw cash from the store register before fleeing on foot. He was last seen heading north on LaGuardia Place.
Both victims at the shoe store suffered extensive lacerations to the head and were rushed to Bellevue Hospital in a serious but stable condition, the New York Police Department said.
All persons with information about the suspect are urged to confidentially call the NYPD Crime Stoppers telephone line at 1-800-577-8477.