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Group kicks, punches 4 Brooklyn homeless men as they sleep: police

Posted at 3:42 PM, Mar 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 15:43:35-05

BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn — A homeless man is in critical condition, and three others injured, after they were attacked by a group of men as they slept in front of a Brooklyn building, according to police.

The suspects walked up to the four men sleeping and sitting on 60 Avenue near Fort Hamilton Parkway in Borough Park, Brooklyn at about 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, and first asked the victims for money, authorities said.

Based on surveillance footage provided by police, the group almost immediately began to kick and punch the victims, and then throw objects at them, police said.

The suspects also stole $5 from one of the men before the group fled, Juan Padilla, one of the victims, told PIX11.

"They are young guys, all young guys. Like, maybe 20s ... not even 30s," a close friend of the victims said, describing the suspects.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill called the suspects "cowards" in a tweet on Saturday.

EMS responded, and two of the victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

While the other two victims initially refused medical attention at the scene, one of them later complained of head pain and was transported the hospital. That victim was listed in critical condition with severe head trauma, and is in a coma, according to police.

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