By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A bodega employee was thrown to the ground in a violent robbery caught on video in the Bronx.

It happened around 11:45 p.m. Monday inside a store on Willis Avenue near East 146th Street.

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(Credit: NYPD)

Surveillance video shows the suspect walk in and pass by the employee. When the worker turns his back, the suspect suddenly knocks him to the ground and punches him in the head.

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Police said he stole the man’s cellphone before taking off in an unknown direction.

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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.

CBSNewYork Team