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Stop — Hammer Time! Alleged Shoplifter Attacks Elderly Worker with a Hammer in Brooklyn

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The NYPD released footage this week of a shoplifter who repeatedly used a hammer to hit a 70-year-old laundromat worker in the head. 

The attack happened on August 4th at around 4:55 a.m. inside Aqua Wash laundromat located at 255 E 98 Street in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The video surveillance footage released by the NYPD shows the shoplifter heading toward the back of the store, where the police say he attempted to grab a few bottles of bleach and flee without paying for them. 

The 70-year-old employee, identified as Eion Azore, said he tried first to stop the suspect with the hammer.

“I picked up the hammer, initially,” Azore said. “But “the hammer fell out of [my] hands because I didn’t have the perfect grip.”

The disturbing footage then shows Azore trying to wrestle the hammer and stolen items away from the thief, but the suspect then uses the hammer to hit the elderly man who appears to be four times.

You can then see Azore attempting to trip the suspect up and is somewhat successful as the man falls with the bottles of bleach dropping on the floor.

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However, Azore slips, and the alleged thief is seen getting up and taking off with the hammer in hand.

“I would have beat his [***] if I hadn’t tripped,” Azore said. “I slipped and fell. If I hadn’t that son of a [*****] might be dead by now.”

Medics treated Azore for his injuries, but the suspect was able to get away.

The NYPD is searching for the suspect, who can be seen in the video wearing a gold Yankees cap, a green shirt, and red shorts.

The NYPD is issuing a $3,500.00 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. 

The laundromat is located in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn in the  73rd Precinct, an area plagued by rising crime and failed progressive policies for decades. However, Since last year, the Precinct has seen a 34.3 percent spike in violent crimes. Officials said that Brooklyn North, which includes Brownsville, Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Crown Heights, and Fort Greene/ Clinton Hill, accounted for over 70 percent of BBrooklyn’sshootings last year. In an effort to curb ongoing violent crimes across the City of New York, the NYPD has seized more than 4,300 firearms across the city, which is a 2.4% increase from last year in 2021.

But, when a city like NYC is under siege by progressive politics still plagued by the “Defund the police” sentiment, the new mayor himself an ex-cop, it is pretty evident that guns are not the problem. As one Twitter user tweeted, “We need common-sense hammer control,” one commenter said. “3-day waiting period to buy hammers.”

Another Twitter user wrote, “This is normal; nothing to see here. “Let’s fix the climate instead.” Sadly, they are not wrong. As the crime in NYC and other progressive cities continues to spiral out of control, progressives are pointedly focused on climate change initiatives, which include choking the American people out of their gas-powered vehicles so that we can go out and purchase those climate-friendly electric cars with climate-friendly cobalt batteries.