NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A delivery worker is being treated for broken ribs following a violent robbery in Midtown.
Police told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge the man was delivering a pizza to a nearby hotel-turned-homeless shelter, but he was jumped and beaten before he got there.READ MORE: Storm Topples Large Tree Onto Car In Queens, Residents Anxious To Avoid Repeat Of Ida
Video shows two men punching and kicking the 43-year-old. Police said he was trying to drop off food Jan. 2 at 3 a.m. near West 54th and Seventh Avenue when two unknown men approached and started beating him.
“It’s bad. He’s just trying to do his work,” one local resident said, reacting to the news.
“People work hard for their money. What is he doing?” another said.
The clip shows one man continuously hitting the worker while the other takes his phone and wallet with $300 cash. The suspects took off running.READ MORE: Candidate Conversations: Eric Adams
The victim managed to get himself to the hospital and was treated for fractured ribs. His co-worker said he works the overnight shift delivering for Amadeus Pizza on Eighth Avenue.
“Doctor said they break the ribs … for no reason. Terrible people,” Jose Uraja said.
Sadly, he and others said these types of incidents happen all too often.
“That is emblematic of a certain type of violence that one sees with delivery service people, that is just horrible,” Midtown resident Matt Paul said.
Security workers at the shelter where the food was ordered said the suspects were not their residents.
Police said there were no words exchanged between suspects and victim, and it appears it was a crime of opportunity. The delivery worker is now out of the hospital and back at work.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2's 10/26 Tuesday Afternoon Forecast
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.