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Horrific moment Duane Reade shoplifter tries to stab security guard with a hypodermic needle 

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Horrific moment Duane Reade Gatorade thief tries to stab security guard with a hypodermic needle after he tried to stop him from walking out the store

  • On Saturday morning, a black-clad thief was seen stuffing a bag with Gatorades and other items from a refrigerator at a Duane Reade pharmacy in Manhattan
  • Security cameras captured the suspect trying to make his way out the front door with the stolen goods before he is stopped by a guard who grabs his bag
  • The security guard is able to get the best of the suspect and the bag falls to the floor, with a bunch of sports beverages falling out and laying on the ground
  • But the suspect whips out a hypodermic needle and goes at the guard who backs away as the suspect lunges toward him and appears to prick his hand
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Surveillance footage captured the moment a would-be Gatorade thief tried to stab a security guard with hypodermic needle in New York City, as crime continues to surge in the Big Apple. 

A black clad thief is seen stuffing a bag with Gatorades and other items from a refrigerator at a Duane Reade pharmacy in the Murray Hill neighborhood on Saturday, police said. 

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Security cameras captured the suspect trying to make his way out the front door with the stolen goods before he is stopped by a 64-year-old security guard who grabs on to the thief’s bag. 

The two immediately get into a scuffle, with the security guard refusing to let go of the bag. 

The guard is able to get the best of the suspect and the bag falls to the floor, with a bunch of sports beverages and other items falling out and laying on the ground. 

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The suspect then backs away toward the entrance and returns, suddenly flashing a hypodermic needle at the guard.

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The thief is seen rummaging through the refrigerator aisle at a Manhattan Duane Reade

Cameras capture the thief stuffing his bag with Gatorades

On Saturday morning, a black-clad thief was seen stuffing a bag with Gatorades and other items from a refrigerator at a Duane Reade pharmacy in Manhattan

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The suspect returns flashing a hypodermic needle at the guard

The suspect returns flashing a hypodermic needle at the guard

The guard backs away as the suspect lunges toward him and appears to prick his hand

The guard backs away as the suspect lunges toward him and appears to prick his hand 

The guard raises his arms to block the suspect as he lunges toward him and appears to prick his hand. 

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In the end, the suspect fled the scene leaving behind his bag and goods, police said. 

Police said the guard suffered some pain in his left hand but refused medical attention. The NYPD is still looking for the suspect.

The scary incident comes as crime is up nearly 45 percent in New York City. 

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Robberies are up 46 percent this year over 2021, according to the NYPD’s latest crime statistics. There has also been a nearly 28 percent increase in burglaries year-over-year.

A recent poll of more than 9,000 employees revealed that 40 percent of those working in Manhattan wanted to move away due to rising crime. About 48 percent of those working in the other four boroughs agreed.

Yet crime in the Big Apple doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

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The New York subway has been ground zero, after an alarming 73.3 percent increase in underground incidents – including 182 in February alone, the NYPD reported.

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Hate crimes also have doubled since last year – with anti-Asian attacks more than tripling and anti-Semitic attacks up by a whopping 54 percent over the same time last year, from 134 to 207 incidents.

Overall crime in the city is up 44.6 percent since last year, with 5,215 felony assaults reported so far this year compared to 4,379 last year, a more than 19 percent spike.

There have been 3,361 robberies reported so far this year, a 46.1 percent rise from last year.

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Rapes have also seen a dramatic spike with 386 cases reported compared to 312 at this point last year, a 23.7 percent jump. 

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