A pair of suspected robbers instigated a fight with a man on a Flushing street before beating him up and stealing his cellphone, police said.
The suspects, a man and woman, approached the 30-year-old male victim as he was walking near Sanford Avenue and 147th Street, and started an argument with the victim, authorities said. The male suspect then began to strike the man several times on the head and shoved him to the ground, kicking him several times.
As the victim was on the ground, the female suspect took his Samsung Galaxy S5 phone and both suspects fled.
The victim refused medical attention at the scene.
Police have released video footage of the suspects, which captures them during the incident.
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