Detectives need the public’s help in tracking down two violent shopkeepers who brutally assaulted a Lower East Side employee for a stolen case of beer.
The NYPD released security camera footage of the savage attack on June 9, which took place around 4:55 a.m. on June 4 inside the Bodega Deli and Grill at 523 Grand St.
According to law enforcement sources, the 65-year-old worker spotted the two suspects entering the scene, grabbing a case of Coors Light and then exiting the store without paying for it.
Cops said the clerk then followed the couple out of the store and confronted them about not paying for the beer. This led to a verbal argument which took a violent turn when the thieves started punching and kicking the man on the body.
The crash spilled over into the store, as the pictures show. One of the suspects hit the clerk with an aluminum baseball bat as the worker attempted to retaliate with a metal pitcher.
As the attack continued, the second suspect walked behind the counter and removed several packs of Newport cigarettes, worth a total of $ 450. He then returned to the front of the store and also attacked the clerk as he was fighting the bat-wielding assailant.
Moments later, police said, the perpetrators fled the store heading east along Grand Street.
The incident was reported to 7th district. EMS treated the worker at the scene for minor head and body injuries.
Cops described the bat-wielding attacker as a man of medium height and skin tone in his thirties, weighing around 160 pounds, with short, dark hair and multiple tattoos. He was last seen wearing a pair of dark glasses, a black baseball cap, a black t-shirt and black pants.
His accomplice, meanwhile, was described as a medium build, dark skinned man in his mid-thirties, weighing around 190 pounds, who wore a black rag, a black hooded jacket, a black t-shirt with yellow letters. on the front, and black shorts.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com or on Twitter. @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.