Police are on the lookout for an assailant who viciously mugged a resident in the Bronx, beating him so badly that the victim’s blood painted the street.
A 38-year-old tracheotomy patient reportedly searching for his wallet in front of a supermarket in the borough’s University Heights area early Sunday morning.
“His friends in a van just dropped him off. He’d come from a party and he was drunk. He was talking s—t to everybody,” Basheer Alabdi, 19, who manages his father’s deli three doors down from the supermarket, told the New York Daily News.
Police say that a man attempted to give back what appeared to be his lost item but, in turn, demanded the victim hand over the rings on his fingers before throwing fists. After taking several blows to the body and head, the victim fell to the ground, at which point he was kicked repeatedly.
The attacker fled, returned momentarily to retrieve his hat, which had been knocked off during the skirmish, then fled again.
The NYPD have shared a video in hopes of tracking the attacker down.
“I opened the door and the guy was on top of him kicking him in the face. He was covered in blood,” Alabdi told the Daily News. “Nobody did anything. He lay there for about 10 minutes. I was the one who called the cops.”
The victim will reportedly need a new tracheotomy, and has additionally suffered from bleeding in his brain.
He remained in a coma as of December 4, according to WCBS880, a New York City-based news organization.
Police describe the alleged violent robber as a 5'7" Hispanic male weighing approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing a grey baseball cap, a fur lined red jacket with a hood, a grey sweatsuit, and white sneakers at the time of the attack.
The NYPD are offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the muggers capture, according to an NYPD Crime Stoppers post on Twitter.
Those with information on the altercation are encouraged to contact 1-800-577-8477 with tips.
[Photo Credit: Screenshot via NYPD Crime Stoppers]
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