Sept. 19, 2018 By Tara Law
Police released photos and video of a shoplifter who punched an Astoria Rite Aid employee in the face.
Police say that the incident took place on Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. inside the Rite Aid at 33-01 30th Ave.
The suspect went inside the store and tried to leave with merchandise without paying, police said. When a store employee approached the suspect, the suspect punched him in the face.
The suspect dropped the merchandise and hurried out of the store. The employee was left with a swollen, painful injury on his face, police say.
Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man who is between 30 and 40 years old. He was last seen wearing all dark clothing.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).