Police are searching for two women in connection with a laundromat assault, which occurred last month in Brooklyn. According to police, the two women, who have yet to be identified, beat up a male worker at Aqua Wash Laundromat on East 98th Street near Livonia Avenue on June 8 at around 4 a.m.
The terrifying confrontation was caught on a security camera, which shows the two unidentified women beating, punching, and throwing objects at the 69-year-old male victim during the laundromat assault. It was not immediately clear what caused the violent confrontation and police are still searching for the two female suspects involved in the crime.
The victim, who reportedly works at Aqua Wash Laundromat, was not identified by police. The man has not made any public statements regarding the incident and the nature of his current condition is unknown.
The surveillance footage, which was captured inside the Brooklyn laundromat, showed the two women attacking the victim just before feeling the scene. The initial video, which was released to the New York Post, shows the two women, one dressed in a pink dress, the other in a bright yellow and orange top, walking through the aisle of the Aqua Wash Laundromat just before the assault.
Secondary footage, released to CBS New York, shows the two women assaulting and berating the 69-year-old man, who tumbles and falls to the ground. One of the suspects, who is wearing a red hat, smashes a vase on the victim in the initial attack, which seems to crack over his head as plants spill out. The man collapses on the floor after slamming into a row of washing machines.
The laundromat assault continued, as the first woman tosses the vase at the man, who is lying on the floor. The vase smacks into his back just as the second woman enters the camera’s view, tossing a large blanket on the man. The two women then flee the scene, though the second woman seems to drop a knife on her way out.
In the video, the second woman realizes she dropped her blade, which lies open on the laundromat floor, and she goes back to pick it up before fleeing. Accounts of the incident claim that one woman punched the man in the face before hitting him on the head with the vase, but it isn’t clear in the surveillance footage.
According to police, the victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital where he was treated for lacerations on his head. He was said to be in stable condition after the laundromat assault, though it wasn’t stated what his condition is a month after the attack. The suspects from the June 8 attack have not been found and police are still working to identify the two women.
The laundromat assault is one of more than 11,000 assaults in New York City that have been reported so far this year. According to NYPD crime statistics, the violent surge is up six percent in the same period last year. New York City’s anti-crime mayoral nominee, Eric Adams, looks to address the disturbing statistics.
Adams warned that “no one is going to come back” if violence, especially gun violence in the Big Apple continues. Adams explained that New York’s “multibillion-dollar tourism industry” will collapse “if 3-year-olds are being shot in Times Square.”
Adams is looking to beat out Republican, Curtis Sliwa, in the general election. Things are looking promising for Eric Adams, as even Governor Cuomo gave praise to the former NYPD police captain. On Wednesday, Cuomo said that “Eric and I come from the same political philosophy,” and explained that he thinks “Eric Adams and I are going to work well together.”
New York City residents are fearful for the future, as crime continues to surge. Gun violence, assaults, and other crimes have skyrocketed since Covid restrictions have lifted, with many experts pinning the increased unrest on the pandemic’s social, psychological, and economic effects.