The assault happened Wednesday on Milford Street near Pitkin Avenue in East New York.READ MORE: Nets Rally From 17 Down In 3rd Quarter To Beat Mavericks
Police said the workers got into an argument with two women who were upset their Uber could not pass the sanitation truck, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported Friday.
The women allegedly called three friends who arrived and attacked the uniformed workers.
CBS2 was told when the men confronted the workers, one said, “Yo, what did you say to my girl?”
Surveillance video shows one of the men ran toward the truck with a baseball bat and hit a worker.
Police said a second man pulled out a knife and one was armed with a golf club.READ MORE: Islanders' Offense Wakes Up, 11-Game Losing Streak Ends With Victory Over Senators
Video appears to show a man punched one of the workers.
“Big surprise… The guy was doing his job and then I saw they rush him with two baseball bats and start to beat up on him,” said Lloyd Nelson, who works in the area and couldn’t believe what happened.
“I don’t know where it started from, but what I saw, it could be easily avoided,” Nelson said. “We just all have to be careful… and respect each other.”
Police said the sanitation workers, in their 40s, were in uniform and collecting along their route when the three men approached them.
The suspects allegedly ran off with a worker’s cellphone and were seen getting into a red Chrysler 300, driven by a fourth person.
In a statement, the Department of Sanitation said the workers have an “incredibly difficult job, working day and night to keep New York City clean and safe.”
The workers were taken to the hospital for treatment as a precaution. They were released and are expected to be OK.MORE NEWS: NYC Hospitality Alliance: Mayor De Blasio 'Grinch' For Vaccine Mandate That May Keep Tourists With Young Children Away
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.