Hell’s Kitchen indeed! Shocking moment thief hurls a chair at a 66-year-old diner’s head outside NYC pizzeria before stealing his phone
- Suspect calmly approached the victim outside Amore Pizza Cafe in NYC
- Grabs a nearby chair and throws it at the 66-year-old and then grabs his phone
- The victim was left with broken forearm bone and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital
- Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS
- Information can also be submitted on the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or message @NYPDTips on Twitter
This is the shocking moment a thief hurled a chair at a 66-year-old diner’s head outside an NYC pizzeria before stealing his phone.
Footage shows the suspect calmly approaching the victim outside Amore Pizza Café on West 58th Street near Ninth Avenue on September 9 at 10.30pm.
He then grabs a chair near the victim, who is sitting at a table, and throws it at him, unprovoked, breaking his forearm bone.
The 66-year-old dropped his phone during the incident because of the impact of the throw.
His attacker is seen brazenly grabbing it and running off with it.
The victim was taken to Mount Sinai West Hospital where his arm injury was treated.
Footage shows the suspect calmly approaching the victim outside Amore Pizza Café on West 58th Street near Ninth Avenue on September 9 at 10.30pm. He then grabs a chair near the victim, who is sitting at a table, and throws it at him, unprovoked, breaking his forearm bone
The 66-year-old dropped his phone during the incident because of the impact of the throw
His attacker is seen brazenly grabbing the phone and running off with it as he flees the scene
Police are now hunting for the suspect and have released stills from the footage in a bid to find him.
The man was wearing a blue shirt and black and white checkered sneakers and is described as having a dark complexion.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Police are now hunting for the suspect and have released stills from the footage in a bid to find him. The man was wearing a blue shirt and black and white checkered sneakers and is described as having a dark complexion
It is the latest incident amid a continued wave of crime on New York’s streets, which comes after a man was stabbed to death on Tuesday evening in Gowanus by a fellow customer after complaining that he did not say ‘thank you’ after he held the door of a shop open for him.
The incident happened at around 10.20pm on Tuesday after the victim, who has not been named, held the door open for a fellow customer walking into the 4th Ave Tobacco Road Corp in Gowanus.
The victim asked the suspect why he did not say thank you and became angry.
After an argument outside, the victim punched the suspect who was trying to leave and he was then fatally stabbed in the neck and abdomen by him.
The incident happened at around 10.20pm on Tuesday after the victim, who has not been named, held the door open for a fellow customer walking into the 4th Ave Tobacco Road Corp in Gowanus
Reports claim that the victim taunted the suspect and said ‘Stab me if you can do it’ before he was slashed.
He fell back into the shop entrance bleeding heavily and according to shop employee Kharef Alsaidi, he screamed: ‘He stabbed me, he stabbed me.’
The victim was taken to Brooklyn Methodist Hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.
Speaking to ABC7, Alsaidi explained how events unfolded: ‘It was just about not saying ‘thank you’ for opening the door for him.
He said the victim asked: ‘Why don’t you say, Thank you for opening the door?’
It led to the suspect saying that he did not ask the victim to open the door for him.
The employee said he had tried to deescalate the problem and get the suspect to put the knife away but it did not work.
The victim asked the suspect why he did not say thank you and became angry, reported the New York Post . After an argument outside, the victim punched the suspect who was trying to flee and he was fatally stabbed in the neck and abdomen by him
Police have not yet caught the suspect, who left the scene on his e-bike. He was heading south on Fourth Avenue toward Carroll Street.
Sources said that the man wore a black sweater, white shirt and jeans and was carrying a black backpack.
The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.
Elsewhere, a man launched a rampage with an ax in an NYC McDonald’s last Friday when three men annoyed him.
Michael Palacios, 31, pictured, told the NY Post that he was using the ax in a bid to scare people in McDonald’s who punched and jumped him on Friday
Michael Palacios was seen in the footage taking punches from the men before calmly producing the ax from his backpack, which he then begins wielding in the air and threatens those around him.
The three others with whom he had been fighting with quickly run for cover with some hiding in a disabled toilet, while others run to the back of the restaurant in the hope of escaping.
But the aggressor appears to have a score to settle and begins using his axe to destroy furniture causing thousands of dollars of damage.
He is seen throwing the ax down against several of the restaurants tables which are smashed into tiny pieces.
He also slams the ax against a glass panel which shatters immediately on impact, before cornering one of his previous attackers who proceeds to plea for mercy while cowering against a wall.
Palacios insisted that he did not start to smash up the restaurant because of the woman rejecting him
He then slaps one of the men he was fighting with out of his chair – while menacing other scared diners, at one point shouting, ‘Don’t be afraid of me, be afraid of him!’
After the rampage, Palacios fled the scene on his bike but was picked up a short time later by police on nearby Ludlow Street, the driver said. Police were able to track him down in part because of the widely shared footage of the incident.
Palacios – who social media collectively dubbed ‘the axe man’ upon seeing the footage – was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, three counts of menacing and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
The numerous incidents have left New Yorkers weary, as crimes, violence, looting and physical altercations continue to occur in neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods which were previously seen as safe are now riddled with crime, as the problem grows.
In Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood, children have allegedly become exposed to nudity, sex acts and drug use while business owners deal with constant break-ins.
Large swathes of New Yorkers have fled the city and fled to Florida as crime rates continue to climb.
Approximately 11,737 robberies were reported as of September 4 – about 3,318 more in comparison to the same time last year.
Meanwhile, 10,500 burglaries have been reported, which is about 2,600 more than in 2021.
Felony assaults are also up by 18.2 percent, with grand larceny leading the way in the uptick of crime with more than 10,000 cases reported in comparison to last year.
The city has also recorded a 39 percent rise in robberies and a 21 percent rise in aggravated assaults.
There was a massive cop exodus from the NYPD this year, according to the New York Post, with 2,465 police officers filing to leave the department — 42 percent more than the 1,731 who exited at the same time last year.