Brooklyn delivery man viciously beaten, robbed

Tim Fleischer reporting from Brooklyn
March 25, 2014 3:32:21 PM PDT
Police are looking for a group of suspects who viciously attacked and robbed a food deliveryman in Brooklyn, and they're hoping surveillance video will lead to arrests.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. last Saturday in front of a building on Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Authorities say the 44-year-old victim was attempting to enter the building to make a food delivery when five suspects exited the location and began punching and kicking him in the head.

The suspects stole his iPhone, $500, personal items and even the food he was delivering to a customer.

"It's very sad. It's really sad, you know, scary you know," said Yetunde Awe, the store owner whose cameras captured the vicious attack.

Police hope someone can recognize one, if not all of the suspects on the video.

"That's why I put camera all over," said Awe.

She had the cameras installed after she was attacked outside her clothing store.

"They snatch my Tiffany chain, that was 2007," she said. ('That's when you put the cameras in?') "Yes, I put it in on both sides," said Awe.

The deliveryman was transported to Kings County Hospital for treatment of his injuries, including a broken nose, lacerations to his face and head trauma. He lives and works in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood.

I spoke with his wife who tells me he is recovering, but still afraid because the suspects have not been captured.

Nearby store owners, who were reluctant to go on camera, are also frightened by the attack.

"It's something that has to be looked into, and to make sure those people are arrested," said one store owner. ('It worries you?') "It worries me, it worries me."

And others living in the area are surprised that five men would target and attack a deliveryman.

"He's an honest man, trying to make an honest living. It is sad to hear stories like that, people are taken advantage of," said one area resident.

The five suspects can be seen running away after the attack. Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).