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Queens phone robbers beat up victim, chase him into street: cops

A robber tries to knee a victim in the head on a street in Ridgewood, Queens on Jan. 25, 2020. (Screenshot of video, courtesy of NYPD)

Detectives are looking for two crooks who beat up and chased after a man in pursuit of his iPhone on a Queens street last week.

Law enforcement sources said the incident happened at 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 25 along Palmetto Street between Cypress and Seneca Avenues in Ridgewood.

According to police, the 46-year-old male victim was walking through the area when the two perpetrators approached and demanded his property. When he refused, cops said, they went on the attack, repeatedly punching and kicking him, causing a nose laceration.

Authorities said the victim managed to get away and ran into the street, but the suspects gave chase. Video footage released by the NYPD on Feb. 1 shows one of the perpetrators attempting to knee the man in the middle of the street, but missing.

The action, however caused the victim to drop his phone — which the suspect promptly picked up.

Police said the bandit and his cohort then fled the area in an unknown direction.

The incident was reported to the 104th Precinct. The victim suffered a nose laceration and a facial injury, but refused medical attention.

The NYPD described both robbers as men with thin builds. One of them wore a black-and-white Nike hooded jacket, red sweatpants and sneakers, while the other wore a black baseball cap, a black jacket with white lettering on the sleeves, black pants and sneakers.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime Stoppers website or send a direct message on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Robert Pozarycki