Police: Couple Fights Off Knife-Wielding Robber In The Bronx

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A manhunt is underway after police say a couple was attacked by a knife-wielding robber in the Bronx.

It happened inside a building at East 175 Street and Crotona Avenue around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday.

VIDEO: Woman Uses Broomstick To Fight Back Against Knife-Wielding Robber In The Bronx

Xian Jian He explained the front door of his building doesn’t lock. He said the armed robber waited behind it after the couple finished their shift at a Chinese restaurant down the block, grabbing him by the neck.

“When my father come in, he pushed my father,” the couple’s son, Qi He, told CBS2’s Magdalena Doris.

Armed with a large kitchen knife, the man is seen on surveillance video leading Xian Jian He and his wife, Nen Mei Chen, to the back of their hallway to rob them.

Minutes later, the surveillance camera catches the suspect struggling with the 52-year-old man, slashing his wrist. Police said his 49-year-old wife then grabs a broom and starts beating the attacker. The suspect then fled the scene.

woman beats robber with broomstick Police: Couple Fights Off Knife Wielding Robber In The Bronx

A woman took matters into her own hands after a knife-wielding man stole her purse and slashed another man in the hallway of a Bronx apartment building last week. (credit: NYPD)

Still nursing a wound to his right wrist, Xiang Jian He is out of work with his son picking up his shifts.

“He cannot work now,” his son said.

The victims are out $1,200 and the suspect also got away with a purse and cellphone. The entire family has also lost their sense of security.

“I don’t like here,” the son said.

Police say the suspect was wearing a dark-colored baseball hat, a dark-colored long-sleeved shirt, light-colored pants and a dark-colored backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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