Homeless Men Punched, Kicked in Brutal Sidewalk Attack; 1 Left With Severe Head Trauma: NYPD - NBC New York

Homeless Men Punched, Kicked in Brutal Sidewalk Attack; 1 Left With Severe Head Trauma: NYPD

One of the men initially refused medical attention, but was later taken to the hospital with severe head trauma, police said

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    Homeless Men Punched, Kicked in Brutal Sidewalk Attack: NYPD

    Police are zeroing in on the suspects behind a callous attack on New York City's homeless. Wale Aliyu reports. (Published Monday, March 4, 2019)

    What to Know

    • A group of robbers punched and kicked four homeless men in Brooklyn — one of whom was listed in critical condition after the attack

    • The attackers stole $5 from one of the men before fleeing the scene, police said

    • One of the men initially refused medical attention, but was later taken to the hospital with severe head trauma, police said

    A group of robbers punched and kicked four homeless men in Brooklyn — one of whom was listed in critical condition after the attack, police said.

    The four men, who range in age from 41 to 61, were sitting and sleeping in front of a building near 10th Avenue and 60th Street in Borough Park around 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 23 when the five suspects went up to them and started asking for money, the NYPD said.

    The suspects then started punching, kicking and throwing unidentified objects at the homeless men, police said.

    Surveillance video from the scene shows two of the attackers kicking a man lying under a blanket before dragging him out from underneath and continuing to attack him.

    The attackers stole $5 from one of the men before fleeing the scene, police said.

    Two of the men were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to police. The other two men initially refused medical attention at the scene, but one of them — a 42-year-old man — was later taken to the hospital after complaining of head pain.

    He was listed in critical condition with severe head trauma at the hospital, according to police.

    Police have arrested two of the suspects on unrelated charges, but are still searching for the other attackers. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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