Authorities in New York say they are on the hunt for a pair of suspects accused of forcing their way inside a disabled victim’s residence on Wednesday afternoon and torturing him with a knife.
According to the New York Post, the incident happened at a New York City Housing Authority apartment complex, Vladeck Houses, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at about 2:30 p.m.
One of the suspects allegedly identified himself as a NYCHA employee and the 73-year-old resident answered the door as the suspect rushed inside.
Police indicated the victim is a double amputee confined to a wheelchair. The men allegedly entered — one carrying a gun — and demanded his money.
“Stay there,” one suspect reportedly told a 70-year-old woman in the home. “Stay there. Don’t say anything.”
The other man allegedly took the male to a bedroom and laid him face down on the bed, covering him with a sheet. Despite ransacking the residence, the pair of suspects reportedly failed to find any money.
Instead, they allegedly opted to torture the man by applying heated butter knives to his knees until he told them where he had $300 in cash hidden. The men reportedly ran from the scene after grabbing the money and emergency personnel arrived a short time later.
Reports indicate the victim was transported to New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital to be treated for the burns and low blood pressure. As of the latest updates available, he was in stable condition.
Police were still looking for both suspects and released footage of one man wanted for questioning. He is described as about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds and was last seen wearing a two-tone North Face coat, blue jeans, a black cap and black sneakers.
[Featured image: New York Police Department, video screenshot]