Police released video of the encounter, which happened last Friday.
The set-up was simple: police said three teenage boys phoned in a Chinese food order. They went up to the sixth floor of the building at 40 Morningside Ave., hid in a stairwell next to the elevator, and waited for the deliveryman.
As soon as the deliveryman came out of the elevator, the lurking teens attacked. The deliveryman was knocked to the ground as the kids punched and kicked him repeatedly, reports CBS 2′s Jay Dow.
The boys tried, but failed, to steal cash from his pocket.
As the teens fled, one picked up the food and threw it at the victim.
Surveillance camerasmanaged to get clear shots of the faces of the suspects and on Wednesday two arrests were made.
The suspects were wearing jackets and hooded sweatshirts. According to police, all were between 15 and 19 years old.
Resident Bob Deming said he lived in the building for decades, and added he was shocked to hear about the attack.
“I’m ashamed as a citizen. People thought they could get away with it,” he said.
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