A thief violently attacked two New York City drug store workers with a bicycle chain.
The man had stolen more than $1,700 worth of merchandise from a Duane Reade in Manhattan 10 minutes before the brazen attack.
As he was leaving with his stolen loot, the thief promised to attack the workers.
Minutes later her returned to make good on his threat. The suspect, waving the bicycle chain in his hand, went behind the counter and started hitting the employees, before running off.
The attack is just the latest in a slew of violent crimes plaguing the Big Apple, despite Mayor Eric Adam’s vow to crackdown illegal activity.
New Yorkers remain frazzled by the skyrocketing surge in crime, which is up nearly 40 percent from last year, and have expressed fears for their safety while on city streets and subways.
A thief violently attacked two New York City drug store workers with a bicycle chain
The unidentified suspect targeted the Duane Reade on 6th Avenue near West 27th Street Tuesday afternoon, removing $1,745 worth of stock from the shelves.
As he was exiting the store, the suspect made a verbal threat to harm the cashiers stationed behind the counter.
About 10 minutes later, he rushed into the shop carrying a silver bicycle chain.
Video shows the suspect storm beyond the counter and swing the link at the employees, striking the 42-year-old and 60-year-old woman.
He then fled the scene, leaving the workers with deep cuts and swelling on their bodies.
The victims were taken to nearby Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Their conditions remain unknown at this time.
The suspect (pictured above) had stolen more than $1,700 worth of merchandise from a Duane Reade in Manhattan 10 minutes before the brazen attack
Minutes later he returned, waving the bicycle chain in his hand, went behind the counter and started hitting the employees, before running off
NYPD has asked citizens to help locate and identify the suspect
Meanwhile, NYPD and Crime Stoppers have issued an alert, asking citizens to help locate and identify the suspect.
He is believed to be 42 to 47 years old, standing 5’11” tall and weighing 185 pounds.
He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark blue jeans, white sneakers and a baseball cap.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Tips can also be submitted anonymously online, via the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.
The unidentified suspect targeted the Duane Reade on 6th Avenue near West 27th Street (pictured) Tuesday afternoon
The attack left the employees, ages 42 and 60, with deep cuts and swelling on their bodies
New Yorkers have been growing weary over the latest spike in violence and crimes across the Big Apple, with an rising number occurring on the streets and subways.
While murders and shootings are down 10 and roughly five percent respectively from 2021, overall crime in NYC is up 38.42 percent from last year.
Robberies are up 39.3 percent from last year, while felony assaults are up 18.4 percent and rapes are up 16.1 percent.
Murders and shooting are down 9 and 6.5 percent respectively from 2021, but violence continues to plague the city.
Overall crime is up 38.42 percent from last year
On Tuesday, a 35-year-old man was found disemboweled inside his apartment in what cops believe was a drunken brawl turned gruesome killing.
Jose Gonzalez was found facedown on his bed and covered in his own blood. Police said they suspect he may have been killed by his new roommate, with whom he would like to drink.
Jose Gonzalez, 35, was found disemboweled in his bed on Tuesday evening
NYPD reported that Gonzalez was stabbed in the neck, shoulder, arms and stomach with wounds running so deep his intestines were found hanging out of his body. His face and abdomen were also covered in dried blood.
Similarly, last Friday an Asian man was brutally beaten in a subway station after he was anonymously accused of attempting to molest a girl on the train.
Video shared online last weekend showed the man, who has not been identified, being restrained and pummeled by a group of men at the Fulton Street station in Manhattan.
It was presented as a racist attack by some advocacy groups online because the victim is Vietnamese, during a time assaults on Asians have skyrocketed.
But the narrative shifted after the person who recorded the viral video described it as vigilante justice.
Police declared Gonzalez’s death to be a homicide on Wednesday morning
The videographer, who asked to remain anonymous, told the New York Post that he saw the Asian man being restrained and asked: ‘Why are you holding that guy?’
The holder said he’d pulled the ‘victim’ off onto the platform because he’d just tried to sexually assault a woman in a subway car. They were waiting for police to come arrest him, but officers didn’t arrive for almost 20 minutes, the man told the Post.
In video of the incident, a person can be heard shouting at the man: ‘You touching girls, you touching girls – little sisters and all that, moms and everything. You filthy, son.’
‘I got a daughter,’ another man could be heard saying before slapping the man. ‘If the cops lock me up, I’m paying my own bail.’
Police released photos of the alleged attackers and are asking the public’s help in locating them. Police have received no reports of an alleged sexual assault, police sources confirmed to DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
Video shows the Asian man being restrained and pummeled by a group of men at the Fulton Street station in Manhattan on Friday, May 27
The attack was depicted as vigilante justice after he was anonymously accused of attempting to molest a girl on the train
The repeated acts of violence have residents demanding new Mayor Adams, who campaigned on a platform of cracking down on crime, take action.
In January, Adams unveiled a comprehensive plan to combat surge in crime. It included increased foot patrols as well as the revival of a plain clothes unit named Neighborhood Safety Teams.
He also launched his subway safety initiative in April, sending about 1,000 officers into the city’s busy transit system to weed out crime and vagrancy.
Mayor Eric Adams (pictured Monday, May 30) campaigned on a platform of cracking down on crime. On Thursday, he appointed Andre Mitchell (not pictured) as his ‘gun violence czar’
And on Thursday, Adams appointed Andre Mitchell as his ‘gun violence czar.’ In that position, he will co-chair a new anti-violence task force with Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright aimed at ending the city’s gun epidemic.
The group will be comprised of Adams’ deputy mayors, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Schools Chancellor David Banks.
‘Everyone that impacts or touches the lives of the young people will be part of the solution of dealing with gun violence because we can’t continue to believe that because you made an arrest, you solved the problem,’ Adams said in a news conference.
‘We want to make sure we give the resources to the people that need it that’s on the ground. We’re going to do more.’