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Man stabs Harlem deli workers, including a teen, with hypodermic needle during theft: police

Posted at 6:36 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 22:23:44-04

HARLEM — Two employees at a Harlem deli were stabbed with a hypodermic needle after confronting a man attempting to steal from the store Wednesday, police said.

The unidentified man entered Joe's G-M Deli at 3161 Broadway before 4:25 p.m. Wednesday and attempted to steal two 40-ounce cans of malt liquor, police said.

When the two store employees, a 24-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, attempted to stop him from leaving, a physical altercation ensued, according to authorities.

During the struggle, the would-be thief stabbed both workers with a hypodermic needle before fleeing the scene northbound on Broadway, toward Tiemann Place, police said.

Authorities said EMS responded and both deli employees were transported to NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

The NYPD has released the above surveillance footage of the incident, and describe the man they're looking for as about 30 years old, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds, with a beard, brown eyes and black hair. Police said he was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, and brown sandals.

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