Cops seek man behind attempted robbery and assault in Bensonhurst

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man, caught on surveillance video, attempting to rob a store in Bensonhurst last month.

According to cops, on Sunday, November 13, at around 11:05 p.m. the unidentified man attempted to pry open the cash register of the store, located near 20th Avenue and 83rd Street, with a screwdriver while an employee was in the back.

When confronted by the 59 year-old male employee, the intruder hit him in the head and body with the screwdriver. The would-be thief then fled the location empty handed and the employee suffered cuts to his head and bruising to his torso. He was taken to Lutheran Medical Center in “fair” condition, police say.

The perp is described as a white or Hispanic man, 40 to 45 years old, 5’8 to 5’10, 200 to 220 pounds and was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweater, a dark colored jacket and blue jeans.

 Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the crime stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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