By Sabina Mollot
Cops are looking for a group of three women and two men who beat up a homeless man in front of the 7-Eleven at 239 East 14th Street.
On Thursday, August 17 at about 1:30 a.m., police said the group got into an argument with the 56-year-old victim that turned physical. All five are said to have been involved, punching and kicking the victim repeatedly while he was on the ground in front of the store. The man, who got cuts and bruising to his head, was treated at Beth Israel Hospital, and has since been released.
Meanwhile, the franchisee of the 7-Eleven, Sal Napolitano, told Town & Village the problem started when the victim, who he said is a drinker, confronted the alleged assailants outside the nearby IHOP.
“He went up to them. He doesn’t remember what he said. He said something to them that they took great offense to, not that that’s any justification,” said Napolitano, who added that the suspects had come into his store but didn’t make any trouble while there.
The victim is actually a regular at the store, usually buying a couple of beers. Other than panhandling in the neighborhood to get the money for his drinks, Napolitano said the man doesn’t make any trouble, either.
Suspect one is described as a black woman in her twenties, last seen wearing eye glasses, a red and white sweater, blue jeans and white sneakers.
Suspect two is described as a black man, in his twenties, last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, backpack and jeans.
Suspect three is described as a black woman, in her twenties, last seen wearing a white dress and sandals.
Suspect four is described as a black man, in his twenties, last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, blue shorts and black shoes.
Suspect five is described as a black woman, in her twenties, last seen wearing a yellow tank top, blue jeans and white sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). All calls are strictly confidential.