Duo Brutally Beat and Slash Man, Steal $10: NYPD

A Bronx man was seriously injured when he was beaten and slashed by two men outside his home, a robbery that was caught on camera, police said.

The 35-year-old man, Eddie Diaz, had just arrived at his home near Croes and Watson avenues Friday morning when he was approached by the duo.

"He grabbed me, I don't know what they hit me with, the officer said he hit me with a knife," Diaz told News 4 Wednesday after returning home from the hospital. 

The men forced Diaz to the ground and started punching and kicking him before slashing him on the face multiple times with a sharp object, police said.

The muggers grabbed the victim's wallet, which had $10, and took off down Croes Avenue on bicycles, according to police.

"What are you going to do with $10?" Belinda Ruby-Taylor, another neighbor of the victim, said. "I hope they get caught and they get punished to the full extent of the law."

The victim was taken to Jacobi Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. He was later released and had pads covering up the bruising and was wearing a neck brace, photos show.

"He's an honest guy, he works, lives with his mom, a good man," said Diaz's neighbor, Eduardo Hernandez. 

A surveillance camera captured part of the robbery, and police said they're looking for two men seen in the video, believed to be in their mid-to-late-30s.

Police ask anyone with information to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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