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Search continues for men who threw avocados at Bronx deli clerk, breaking his jaw: police

CONCOURSE, the Bronx — The search continued Wednesday for the men accused of throwing avocados and bananas at a Bronx deli clerk, breaking the man’s jaw, police said Wednesday afternoon.

Police initially said a man had been taken into custody but later said that is not the case. A spokesman for the NYPD said investigators have identified one of the men wanted in the attack, but did not release his name.

The duo are accused of throwing produce at the employee, 21, causing him to suffer a laceration, fractures to his face and broken jaw, police say.

Surveillance video shows two men slinging avocados like fastballs.

The food flinging incident happened Tuesday afternoon inside Stadium Gourmet Deli at 109 E. 161 St.

The victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

One attacker was described as 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds; last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and multicolored sneakers.
The second man is 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds; last seen wearing a white T-shirt, a blue vest, blue jeans and blue and white sneakers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).