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The NYPD is seeking a suspect in a pair of vicious strong-arm shop robberies that left a 66-year-old man and 88-year-old woman hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
The two attacks on storekeepers took place on Sunday afternoon within a mile of each other in lower Manhattan, police said in an appeal to the public for information on the suspect.
The suspect is described as a black male, 45 to 60 years old, bald, and last seen wearing blue jeans, an orange baseball cap, and an orange T-shirt.
The first shocking assault occurred at about 12.45pm, when the suspect approached the the store clerk at Seward Park Liquors on the Lower East Side menacingly wielding a wine bottle.
The crook threatened to beat the store employee with the wine bottle unless he handed over cash from the register, according to police.
The clerk, a 41-year-old man, bluntly refused. As the suspect took a swing at him with the wine bottle, the employee tried to flee.
Surveillance video shows the deranged robber chasing the clerk, trapping him in a corner and hurling wine bottles at his head.
After the clerk managed to escape outside of the store, the suspect opens the cash register and loots the till. Police say he made off with about $200 in cash.
The clerk was treated at the scene by paramedics. But the demented robber's violent spree was just getting started.
At 2pm, a little over a mile away at Reno Fashion in Greenwich Village, the suspect reappeared, having changed into a different orange shirt and orange cap, cops said.
Surveillance video from the shoe store shows the suspect strolling casually in and approaching an employee from behind.
Without warning, he sucker-punches the 66-year-old male clerk and continues pummeling the man as he drops to the floor.
Bravely, an 88-year-old woman who also works at the store tries to intervene and pull the violent attacker off of her coworker.
The crook shows no mercy, raining blows upon the elderly woman's head before turning back to beat the male victim again.
Police say that the suspect repeated his bizarre MO from the first robbery by striking the man repeatedly in the head with glass jars and a large ceramic pot.
The suspect attempted to remove cash from the store's register before fleeing on foot. He was last seen heading north on LaGuardia Place.
Both victims in the shoe store suffered numerous lacerations to their heads and were rushed to Bellevue Hospital in serious but stable condition, the NYPD said.
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