A brazen robber was caught on video pistol-whipping a victim on a crowded Bronx sidewalk.
The police released startling video Tuesday showing the bald crook attacking a 53-year-old man on Morris Ave. near E. 149th St. in Melrose about 12:45 p.m. Sept. 1, cops said.
The creep, a cigarette dangling from his lips, trails the victim after they both walk out of a store. The mugger pulls a black semiautomatic gun out of his shorts, pushes the victim against the storefront and demands cash, the video shows.
As the crook and his victim struggled with each other, people streamed by on the busy sidewalk, including a mother with a child pushing a scooter.
When the victim refused to give up his belongings, the mugger hit him in the head with the gun, the video shows.
He then put the gun away, whipped out a box cutter and tried to cut the victim, police say. The robber ultimately ran off empty-handed.
Two days before, the same robber accosted a 22-year-old man a few blocks away on Bergen Ave. near E. 149th St. about 8:35 p.m, according to cops. He pulled a gun and demanded the victim’s bicycle. This time, the victim complied. The robber took off north on Bergen Ave.
Cops are asking the public’s help identifying and locating the suspect.
He is described as Hispanic, bald, between 40 and 50 and about 5-feet-9. He was wearing a white shirt, blue shorts and dark-colored shoes.