NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two men posing as New York City Housing Authority employees forced their way into an East Harlem apartment, beating and robbing the 56-year-old man inside, police said.

The men were wearing work clothes and safety vests when they walked into the lobby of the apartment building near East 112th Street and Madison Avenue shortly after noon on December 7.

The men knocked on the door of the 56-year-old victim, claiming to be city employees. When the man opened the door, the two suspects forced their way inside.

Police said one of the men brandished a gun and hit the victim in the head, causing a cut above his left eye. The men then restrained the victim and demanded cash.

They made off with $500 and two cellphones.

The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital.

Police described the suspects as a black man, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 290 pounds, and an Hispanic man, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 140 pounds.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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