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VIDEO: Suspect Brutally Beats 70 Year Old With Hammer During Attempted Robbery

Brooklyn, NY – A 70-year-old laundromat worker was beaten in the head with a hammer while trying to stop a would-be thief last week (video below).

The brazen attack occurred inside the Aqua Wash Laundromat located on East 98th Street near Livonia Avenue at approximately 4:55 a.m. on Aug. 4, the New York Daily News reported.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) released security footage of the brutal assault in an attempt to identify the suspect.

The video showed a man wearing a green V-neck shirt, bright red shorts, and a yellow hat casually wandering past a counter area.

He returned a moment later carrying a bag and a hammer that both belonged to the business, then walked behind the counter and began helping himself to several bottles of merchandise, the New York Daily News reported.

That’s when a 70-year-old employee jumped in to stop the would-be thief.

The video showed the man grabbing ahold of the suspect, who then turned and began beating him in the head with the stolen hammer.

He bashed the victim multiple times before he tripped and fell to the ground, sending multiple items flying across the laundromat floor.

The suspect managed to scramble to his feet and fled the business prior to police arriving at the scene, the New York Daily News reported.

Investigators said he took the store’s hammer with him, according to the New York Post.

The victim suffered multiple lacerations to his head and was treated at the scene by medical personnel, police said.

Investigators urged anyone with information about the suspect or the brutal attack to contact police immediately.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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