Robbers Steal Beer, Beat Bodega Clerk with Baseball Bat on Grand Street
Two robbers on Grand Street last week stole a case of beer before beating the clerk with a baseball bat, police said.
The suspects entered the Deli and Grill Bodega at 523 Grand Street (near Columbia Street) at 4:55am last Friday, and then left with a five-finger-discounted case of Coors Light.
The 65-year-old bodega clerk, who had a baseball bat, followed the thieves outside, leading to a dispute over payment. The interaction escalated, and both suspects started punching and kicking the victim, who fell to the ground while fighting back. One of the suspects then grabbed the bat and started pummeling him, while the accomplice allegedly went back inside to steal boxes of Newport cigarettes worth $450, police said.
Both suspects then fled the scene. One is described as a man with a mid-30s man with medium complexion and medium build, weighing about 160 pounds, with short, black hair and multiple tattoos; the other is mid-30s, dark complexion, medium build, and about 190 pounds.
The victim, who suffered non-life-threatening head and body injuries, was treated by EMS on scene.
The whole altercation was caught on surveillance, and was released to the public yesterday morning.
🚨WANTED for COMMERCIAL ROBBERY: Know these guys? On 6/4/21 at approx 4:55 AM, inside of 523 Grand St in Manhattan, the suspects removed property without paying, then assaulted the 65-year-old employee with a baseball bat. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/HQl84AS6Wq— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 9, 2021