DYKER HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) — Police are searching for a man in connection to the robbery and fatal beating of John Sarquiz, 55, outside a Dyker Heights deli last month, according to authorities.
Police said they are searching for Philip Meyers, 45, of Brooklyn.
Sarquiz was attacked outside the store on 13th Avenue near 73rd Street at around 8 p.m. on March 29, according to the NYPD. The suspect hit and kicked Sarquiz after knocking him to the ground, then stole an undisclosed amount of money from the victim, police said. The assailant then fled the scene.
Sarquiz was rushed to the hospital with head injuries and died on Monday, police said. The medical examiner has deemed the incident a homicide.
“He was hit in the head from behind and fell to the floor, and then was [repeatedly] kicked in the head and beaten, and his money and his jewelry were stolen,” the victim’s sister, Christina Sarquiz, told the New York Post.
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