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Beatdown, phone theft on E. Third St.

A group of attackers beat a man in the East Village, stealing his phone and breaking his jaw, according to cops.

On Wed., Jan. 13, around 12:42 p.m., at First Ave. and E. Third St., a 29-year-old man was approached by a group of unidentified individuals, police said. They punched the victim multiple times in his body and also stomped on him after he was on the ground.

The attackers then snatched the victim’s cell phone and fled on E. Third St. — but not before a man in a light-blue tracksuit jumped off a car and gave him one final vicious punch in the face.

The victim suffered a fractured jaw and was removed by E.M.S. in stable condition to Bellevue Medical Center for treatment.

It was not immediately clear if the victim knew his attackers.

Police released surveillance-camera video from the incident.

Police ask that anyone with information call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All tips are confidential.


  1. Choresh Wald Choresh Wald January 17, 2021

    The NY1 report mentioned that the victim is a delivery worker who was riding his bicycle. When he was hit by a driver and tried to take his picture, the driver of the vehicle and his friends got out of the car, attacked the rider and stole his telephone. Zero police enforcement of aggressive car driving leads to this. Everything else is distraction from the real problem.

    • Old School Old School January 18, 2021

      So it’s the police’s fault? Lack of enforcement of aggressive driving. How in the world does that even lead up to assault and robbery? Your perspective is a little convoluted.

      Lack of morals, respect and decency are to blame. Maybe if these supposed men were taught from childhood how to treat fellow humans, we would have less of this behavior happening. Blaming someone instead of how they were parented is a cop-out. It’s sad but true, maybe if they had a better upbringing they would be upstanding citizens. Or are you going to blame someone other than their parents? Or is that a distraction from the real problem?

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