A 59-year-old man's thumb was reportedly "severed" during a vicious attack in a Queens home last month.
The incident, which police are calling a robbery, took place at 1:20 p.m. on April 23rd, in the 113th Precinct. Apparently the 59-year-old man and a 62-year-old man were confronted by "three men... [who were] ransacking [the] house looking for something to steal." According to the NYPD, the 59-year-old was attacked with a meat cleaver while he was trying to flee; the 62-year-old managed to escaped, and then the suspects fled as well.
The Daily News reports that the 59-year-old man had arrived at his apartment "when a man approached him, pulled out a pair of gloves and demanded 'money and dope,' police sources said. A second robber with a gun forced him on the ground and started tying him up, but he broke free and managed to take his attacker’s gun, police sources said."
A third suspect allegedly used the cleaver to slash him all over his head and hands. He needed 100 stitches and thumb-attachment surgery, according to NBC New York.
Police released surveillance video of one of the suspects, who is described as 30-40 years old, 5'8"-5'9" and 150-160 pounds and allegedly spoke with a West Indian accent. He was last seen wearing black sunglasses and a black leather baseball hat.
The suspect who was accused of using the meat cleaver was described as 30 - 40 years old and 150 - 160 pounds, last seen wearing jeans, while the suspect who allegedly had the gun is described as being 5'10" with salt and pepper hair, wearing a white or gray t-shirt.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.