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Thug beats Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop worker, 23, with a rock in violent New York City robbery 

Horrifying moment thug beats Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop worker, 23, over the head with a ROCK in violent Manhattan robbery

  • The robbery took place in New York City on January 20 around 10.45pm
  • The suspect took off after striking the shop worker in the head with a rock
  • The victim was taken to a medical center in stable condition with a concussion
  • The suspect, who has not been identified, may also be responsible for a series of other robberies that have taken place in Manhattan over the past few weeks 

A potential serial robber recently attacked an ice cream shop worker with a rock in a violent incident in New York City.

The latest robbery took place last Wednesday night on January 20 at a Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop, located in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood on Third Avenue.

At around 10:45pm, a man entered the ice cream shop.

Surveillance footage released by the NYPD shows him wearing a blue face mask and black coat reel back. The man then strikes the female worker standing behind the counter in the head with a rock. 

The suspect then runs behind the counter and appears to enter the storage room, before footage shows him making a quick exit from the store.

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A brazen robbery suspect attacked an ice cream shop worker with a rock on January 20

It’s not clear how much money the suspect made off with, if any.

The coat the suspect is wearing has a long hood, making it hard to discern his physical features, but NYPD believe he is between 20 and 30 years old.

According to ABC7, the victim, 23, suffered a concussion and a cut to her head.

She was transported to the NYU Medical Center in stable condition.

The incident took place around 10:45pm at Van Leeuwen Ice Cream in Kips Bay, New York

The incident took place around 10:45pm at Van Leeuwen Ice Cream in Kips Bay, New York

The suspect struck his victim with a rock before dashing around the counter and into storage

The suspect struck his victim with a rock before dashing around the counter and into storage

The police believe the suspect, who has not been identified yet, may also be responsible for a series of other robberies in the area, which have victimized females.

On January 13, the man allegedly pulled a similar robbery to the one at Van Leeuwen, claiming he had a weapon while robbing Kaylee Restaurant on East 27th Street of $400 from the cash register.

On January 7, he allegedly stole a 59-year-old woman’s bag from the lobby of the Stewart Hotel in the middle of the afternoon.

The victim was taken to NYU Medical Center in stable condition with a cut and concussion

The victim was taken to NYU Medical Center in stable condition with a cut and concussion

The suspect, who may be responsible for other recent robberies, hasn't been identified

The suspect, who may be responsible for other recent robberies, hasn’t been identified

Pictured: The intersection of East 30th Street and Third Avenue, where Van Leeuwen is located

Pictured: The intersection of East 30th Street and Third Avenue, where Van Leeuwen is located

He may have also stolen the purse of a woman, 32, in front of The Maze restaurant on West 32nd Street on the night of December 27.

The suspect did not injure any of his previous alleged victims prior to the robbery at Van Leeuwen.

Through January 24, there have been 726 reported robberies in New York City so far this year.

That is down 27.4 percent from 2020, when there were already exactly 1,000 robberies at this time during a wave of notable criminal activity in the city. 

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